Bronson Arroyo threw a complete game, allowing just six baseunners in nine innings, and the Reds scored four of their six runs on homers - one by Jerry Hairston Jr and two by Jay Bruce.
Let's just do the thing:
Paulino: 6IP, 7H/4ER, 4K:0BB
Arias: 1IP, 2H/0ER, 2K:0BB
Sampson: 1IP, 2H/1ER, 1K:1BB
Did Paulino do enough to stave off Backe? Probably not. But is he the only one deserving a little trip to the Hill Country to remember how to do his thing? Absolutely not.
Paulino gave up all three homers while Quintero erred on a throw, leading to an unearned run. Notice the 46 pitches it took to get Arias and Sampson through two innings of relief work? Bronson Arroyo needed 92 pitches to get through all nine innings. Paulino actually got six of the first seven batters he faced, but Bruce's two homers both came on the first pitch of the ABs.
The Astros offense, as usual (lately), wasn't worth a whole lot. Tejada got a liner up the third base line to extend his hit streak to 11 games. Maysonet was 0x3 in his third game at 2nd base, while Keppinger was 1x3. Nobody had more than one hit, and the Dark Jerseys got their only run on a Lance Berkman sac fly, that scored Bourn in the first inning. The Astros got sat down nine in a row at one point.
Just a brutal series for the Astros. Hopefully a day off will clear some heads, we'll see if there are any moves made tomorrow before the series in Pittsburgh.
Man of the Match:
How about Michael Bourn? 1x3, only run of the game, stolen base, and a walk.
Goat of the Game:
Who's to say. How about Carlos Lee? 0x4 with a groundout, line out, line out, groundout. Goes a couple of feet either way and maybe he's 2x4. But he didn't.