Hampton: 4IP, 3H/2ER, 4K:3BB
Ortiz: 2IP, 3H/2ER, 2K:2BB
Fulchino threw three perfect innings, but Ortiz? Ortiz was not so perfect. He game up the two earned after walking the first two batters he saw. Honestly, 46 pitches to get through two innings. He did get one back by taking Dave Bush deep, but there is plenty of blame for the offense, as well.
Oh yeah, and Kaz Matsui stole home - the second Astros steal of home in the last week. Multi-hit games from Pence (3x4) and Bourn (2x4) provided most of the offense, though Ortiz' homer was the lone RBI of the game. Not that the Astros didn't have their chances.
Bush got 17 non-contact strikes tonight, while Blum and Pudge combined for an 0x8 night, both leaving the bases loaded in the 4th. With RISP and 2 out, the Astros left five men on base.
Longest AB of the night: 7 pitches to Bourn in the 5th
Man of the Match:
Jeff Fulchino. Gave the Astros a real chance with three perfect innings of relief.
Goat of the Game:
Blum. 0x4 with 6LOB.