Let's just do the thing:
Roy: 6IP, 7H/4ER, 5K:2BB
Byrdak: 1IP, 1H/2ER, 2K:1BB
We had mentioned the tendency of the leadoff hitter to get hits, and the problem of the sixth inning. So let's see both:
Leadoff hitters: 2x6, 1HR
Sixth inning: 2x5, 2BB, 1HBP
When swinging at the first pitch: 2x4, sac bunt
Let's give it up to Edwin Maysonet, hitting .286 after going 2x4 tonight with an RBI single scoring Carlos Lee to put the Astros up 3-2. Just want to point it out: apparently the PTBNL for Keppinger was between Maysonet and Sutton. Obviously Maysonet made it to the Majors quicker (though the team circumstances a'twixt the Reds and the Astros are different). Are you still upset about trading Sutton? And speaking of the Player to be Named Now, Jeff Keppinger hit his second homer of the season, off his old team to lead off the 6th, giving the Astros a 4-3 lead.
Berkman was 1x3 on the night with two walks. Came up to bat with a runner on, down by two, one out...and the walk-off drought continues. Tejada continued his torrid pace with another three hits, and is now hitting .348.
Man of the Match:
What the heck, huh? Edwin Maysonet! First two hits of the season, one of them a lead-inducing single.
Goat of the Game:
Tim Byrdak. 2-run homer to Votto isn't anything to be ashamed of, but someone (other than Sampson, LaHawk, and occasionally Fulchino) is going to have to step up and prove that the bullpen is worth something.