So that's 0-fer on this four-game road trip, and five straight losses overall. Since sweeping Philly, the Astros are 3-7, with this latest bullpen loss - a 3-2 loss at Milwaukee tonight.
Bud Norris pitched five effective innings (though throwing 96 pitches), and the bullpen pitched three fairly ineffective ones for the loss. Let's do the thing:
Norris: 5IP, 3H/1ER, 8K:3BB, 15/21 first-pitch strikes, 27/61 non-contact strikes (21 called:6 swinging)
Byrdak: 0.1IP, 0/1 FPS, 0/1 NCS
Gervacio: 0.2IP, 2K, 1/2 FPS, 5/6 NCS (5s)
Fulchino: 1.1IP, 2H/1ER, 5/6 FPS, 5/15 NCS (4c:1s)
Wright: 0IP, 1H/1ER, 0/1 FPS, 2/3 NCS (2c)
LaHawk: 0.2IP, 1H, 1BB, 3/4 FPS, 1/7 NCS (1c)
Fulchino gave up his own run, but LaHawk gave up the run charged to Wright. The Astros had a 2-1 lead going into the 7th. Fulchino then came in, and promptly gave up a single to J.J. Hardy, who was sac'ed over to second by Jason Kendall. Hardy then made it to third on a passed ball by Towles, and when Felipe Lopez singled to center, Hardy scored. I've been wondering whether or not Hardy would have scored from second if Michael Bourn came up throwing, but regardless, that's a 2-2 game.
So in the 8th, Wesley Wright comes in to face Prince Fielder, who takes him for a double. LaHawk is brought in, and Casey McGehee singles to deep right to score Fielder. That's 3-2, and that's your final score.
The Astros, offensively, outhit the Brewers 8-7. Bourn and Pence had two hits each, with Matsui, Lee, Berkman (who homered), and Tejada getting the other four hits. Bourn stole his 58th base of the season - tying him for fourth all-time in Astros history with Cesar Cedeno, seven behind Gerald Young's francise record, set in 1988.
The Younguns are having a rough time of it. Chris Johnson was 0x2 with a walk and is now hitting .067 (1x15), and is hitless in his last 9ABs. J.R. Towles was 0x3, and is hitting .130.
Pitch Count Hero: J.R. Towles - 16 pitches in 3 PAs (0x3); Michael Bourn - 20 pitches in 4 PAs (2x4)
Pitch Count Punk: Carlos Lee - 10 pitches in 4 PAs (1x4)
Man of the Match: Michael Bourn. 2x4 with the SB (and a CS, but whatever...)
Goat of the Game: LaHawk. A hit and a walk in 0.2IP. Even though he didn't get charged with the loss, he sure did get Wright charged with it, and nothing slips by Astros County.