Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Recap for G113 - Astros @ Marlins

So after G112, Coop said the Astros weren't built to come back (which I'm sure made Ed Wade real happy) from a 5-run deficit. I guess, after G113, the Astros also aren't built to hold a 5-run lead, as the Astros completely nutted it, losing 9-8 in 11 innings.

Roy looked exactly like someone who hadn't pitched in two weeks. Let's do the thing:

Oswalt: 5IP, 9H/6ER, 3K:2BB, 14/24 First-pitch strikes, 29/57 non-contact strikes (20 called:9 swinging)
Fulchino: 2IP, 2H/2ER, 2K:2BB, 3/10 FPS, 11/25 NCS (7c:4s)
Byrdak: 1.1IP, 2/4 FPS, 3/8 NCS (3c)
Valverde: 1.2IP, 2H/0ER, 1K:1BB, 2/7 FPS, 8/18 NCS (5c:3s)
Wright: 0.2IP, 0H/1ER, 2K:3BB, 2/5 FPS, 8/10 NCS (4c:4s)
Arias: 0.0IP, 1H, 0/1 FPS, 0/2 NCS

Bourn drove in Erstad, who had a leadoff walk and a Roy sac that pushed him to second base. Nick Johnson walked in the bottom of the 3rd - though not intentionally - and Hanley Ramirez' double scored he and Coghlan.

The 5th was the big inning for the Astros, where the Astros should have taken this game over. Five runs scored on one HBP, two walks, four singles, and one double. Roy struck out with two on to end the inning, but that was a 6-2 lead. Tejada's sac fly scored Bourn (who reached on a bunt single, stole second, and advanced to third on Matsui's grounder) made it 7-2.

Roy allowed a Marlins baserunner in every inning until the 5th, but he was crusing along. Then the 6th came, and the cruising stopped. Roy faced five batters, who all reached base. Four singles, one walk that scored Hanley Ramirez, and that was it for Roy, except he left the bases loaded for Fulchino to walk in Jorge Cantu, and Baker scored on a fielder's choice. Fulchino then gave up a 2-run double in the 7th of his own. So it was 8-7 Marlins going into the 8th.

With Tejada on 2nd and Lee on first, Blum singled to score Tejada, tying the game. With Lee on second, Pence GIDPed to end the inning. Wright came in for the 11th from Valverde, and gave up three walks to load the bases, but struck out two in the process. Arias was brought in to finish the inning, but Dan Uggla singled to left, and that's your ball game. When ESPN talks about the playoffs regarding this game, they ain't talking about the Astros.

Good news: Lee and Keppinger (!) had outfield assists. Bourn's 42nd stolen base is a career high. The Astros were 7x13 with RISP (if only Pence's RISP line was "1x1" instead of "0x1"...)

Pitch Count Hero: Pudge - 20 pitches in 5 PAs.
Pitch Count Punk: Hunter Pence - 10 pitches in 5 PAs.

Man of the Match: Miguel Tejada. Second straight 3-hit game, and had three RBI, as well.

Goat of the Game: It's hard to give it to Roy, who is making his first start from injury. This one is going to Fulchino. His line reads 2H/2ER, but two runners he inherited from Roy also scored.