Astros pitchers yesterday:
Oswalt: 6IP, 9H, 6ER, 4K/2BB
Wright: 1IP, 7H, 4ER, 1K
LaHawk: 1IP, 3H, 1ER, 1K
Something I did promise we would look at was how poorly Roy fared against Molina-Thurston-Ryan, so how bad was it?: 5x7 with a sacrifice and two runs scored. 6x8 if you count the pinch-hitter Freese's AB.
Coop looked like he was going to leave Wright in all day if he had to - and who's going to blame him? No use burning your bullpen in a blowout. Wright was brought in specifically to face lefties, and he let six baserunners reach before recording his first out - including three lefties.
Matsui took himself off the basepath trying to steal on Molina, when if he just would have stayed put, it's a 1-0 game at the very least.
Offensively, we've already mentioned The Leaving of the Baserunners. But let's look at Wainwright's day just to get an idea of how shaky he was (admittedly, though, he got his crap together in the 4th and 5th - and with two outs in all innings)
Groundballs are killing this team. The Astros were 1x8 with RISP, and it wasn't until Bourn's triple in the 9th that they got their first extra-base hit. Pence got on base twice with two hits, while Berkman drew two walks.
Man of the Match:
Hard to say. No one stood out. Michael Bourn. On base twice, had the only extra-base hit, and in his 4ABs saw 26 pitches.
Goat of the Game:
It's easy to pin this on Roy, or Wesley Wright. But Roy had no help from the offense, and Wright came into an unwinnable game, anyway. Goat goes to Miguel Tejada:
0x4, 2Ks, 6LOB