Saturday, May 16, 2009

Recap for G36 - Astros at Cubs

Thought the Astros had it. You don't score four runs in the 9th at Wrigley, have runners on 1st and 2nd with nobody out, hit two fly balls to Kosuke Fukudome, and not have the 5th run score, do you?

Oswalt: 6IP, 6H, 3ER, 7K:0BB
Arias: 1IP, 1K
Wright: .1IP, 1ER, 0K:2BB
Sampson: .2IP, 1H,
Hawkins: .1IP, 1H, 1BB

Oswalt pitched alright - another home run, this time to Micah Hoffpauir - but he still had what is considered a quality start. And another no decision.


Matsui and Bourn were a combined 0x9 in 10 plate appearances (Bourn did draw a walk). However, 3-8 were 9x21 with all four runs and RBI, 2K:4BB. It looked like the Astros had Wells on the ropes in the early going. In the second inning, Pudge walked to load the bases, and Roy grounded out to end the 29-pitch inning for Wells. In the 3rd, the Astros had Lance and Lee on, and this time Tejada grounded out to end the inning. After that, the Astros had 1-2-3 innings from the 4th-8th. That's 15 up and 15 down. But then the 9th happened.

Now, Berkman and Lee went back-to-back (on three total pitches) in the top of the 9th, making it a 4-2 game. Then Tejada singles to left, then Pence singles to center and Tejada takes an extra base. Blum is then hit, loading the bases, and then Pudge singles, scoring Tejada and Pence - tying the game - and Blum is on 2nd with no outs. Noodlearm Fukudome is in right. Michaels pinch-hits, fly ball to right. Blum stays put. Matsui flies out to right. Blum stays put. Bourn walks, loading the bases for Berkman, who grounds out.

Let's look at this. Should Blum hustle it up and take third on what would be considered a sac fly from Michaels, he's in line to score the 5th run of the game when Matsui flies out to right. He doesn't do any of that, and the Astros leave the game tied. LaHawk nuts it (maybe Sampson and his 1.59 ERA should be taken for a spin in the 9th), and the game is over.

Longest AB of the night: 10 pitches by Blum in the 2nd, resulted in a single.

Man of the Match:
Carlos Lee. 3x4 with a homer to follow Berkman's to turn a fluke into a rally.

Goat of the Game:
Geoff Blum. Poor baserunning decisions led to what could have been a much, much different game.


CM said...

Careful with the blame on about Coop? You have runners on 1st and 2nd with none out and the weak hitting Jason Michaels at the plate. Who in their right mind is NOT calling for a bunt there??? A sac bunt to move the runners over, and the fly ball scores the go-ahead run.

The Constable. said...

I thought about that. Coop is on the verge of losing this team - and if you've read this far, you've read that his nickname is Hugo Chavez. And there is not a context in which you can place that to where it comes out to Cooper's favor.

So Cooper didn't have Michaels lay down a bunt. It's up to Blum to make lemonade, and he didn't do that - twice.