Paulino pitched a pretty great game. A quality start, though he didn't figure in the decision. Kept his pitch count down. Good start from Paulino, and Brandon Backe goes back to the voodoo doll.
Paulino: 6IP, 5H/2ER, 7K:1BB
Fulchino: 1IP, 2H, 1K
Byrdak: 1IP, 1BB
Arias: 1IP, 2K:2BB
LaHawk: 1IP, 1K:1BB
Oritz: 1IP, 1H, 1K (1 win)
Paulino got the first eight batters he faced, striking out the side in the first, and only allowing an infield single to pitcher Ubaldo (I just like saying it) Jimenez. He ran into some troble in the 4th with two consecutive doubles to Helton and Hawpe, and then an RBI single to Seth Smith. And then that was pretty much it, no homers, no other extra-base hits. And, once again, 30 non-contact strikes.
Arias had the roughest outing - 27 pitches (two walks will do that to you) in one inning, but he did escape unscathed, and his ERA is under 4.00.
Berkman remained in the 5-hole and responded with two hits, while the Astros got multi-hit games from Bourn, Tejada, Berkman, and The Revelation - Edwin Maysonet. Anyone get the feeling that it's going to be a good long time before Maysonet comes out of the lineup? I certainly hope so. However, it was Miguel Tejada who did his thing. Four hits. All three RBI. Dude is now hitting .362 after a 4x6 game.
The Astros did leave some baserunners. One in the first, two in the 2nd, technically one in the 3rd (on Lee's inning-ending GIDP), two in the 5th, two in the 6th, two in the 8th, three in the 9th. That's 13. 2x13 with RISP. But thanks be to Miguel Tejada, who is increasing his trade value (come on, his contract runs out at the end of the season, let's get something for him) daily. Josh Fogg only lasted six pitches before giving up the walk-off to Miggs, the Astros first walk-off homer of the year, and Miggs' sixth walk-off homer of his career.
Man of the Match:
Seriously? Miguel Tejada, come on down.
Goat of the Game:
We're going back to Carlos Lee. 0x4 with 5LOB. He ended three innings and struck out looking.