Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Recap for G28 - Cubs at Astros

Hm. Once again, a big first inning pretty much sunk the game for the Astros. This time, though, Brian Moehler was nowhere to be found. Mike Hampton was the culprit. Giving up four runs in the first were all the Cubs needed...

Hampton: 5.1IP, 7H, 4ER, 4K:4BB
Arias: 1.2IP, 1H, 1ER, 3K:0BB
Wright: 1IP, 2K
Fulchino: 1IP

Welcome, Alberto Arias! And let's hear it for the Law Offices of Arias, Wright & Fulchino: 3.2IP, 1H/1ER, 5K:0BB. It just hasn't clicked on all cylinders for the pitching staff. Maybe having an extra one will help.

First-pitch strikes: 15
First-pitch balls: 12


Yes, I know the total number of outs added up to 28 - but that's what ESPN gave me. Ridiculous, huh? So Pudge had two passed balls, leading to one run, and that wasn't very fun, either. Berkman kept himself at .300 with a 2-run shot in the 8th off Harden to close the game to 6-3. Pence and Matsui had two hits each while Hampton added his own RBI single in the 4th. Hampton's .273 average is higher than Berkman, Blum, Rodriguez, and Erstad.

Longest AB of the night: 6 pitches by three Astros

Man of the Match:
Lance Berkman. Two-run shot off Harden, stayed at .300.

Goat of the Game:
Could have gone to Tejada, who went 0x4 with 4LOB. It could have gone to Hampton, whose seven hits and four walks in 5.1 was brutal. However, the Goat goes to Pudge. 0x3, a GIDP, and 2PBs that led to two unearned runs for Hampton.

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