Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Recap for G156 - Astros @ Phillies

Oho! I bet Phillies fans are pissed! Congratulations to Yorman Bazardo, who recorded his first win of the season in an 8-2 win at Philadelphia. Miguel Tejada had his 6th 4-hit game of the season (best in the Majors), as part of a 15-hit attack on Cole Hamels. Let's do the thing:

Bazardo: 5.2IP, 2H/2ER, 4K:4BB, 14/22 First-pitch strikes, 24/45 non-contact strikes (16 called:8 swinging)
Gervacio: 0.1IP, 0/1 FPS, 2/3 NCS (2s)
Byrdak: 2IP, 1H, 1K, 6/8 FPS, 10/19 NCS (6c:4s)
Brocail: 1IP, 1H, 1/4 FPS, 4/12 NCS (3c:1s)

Bazardo settled down after allowing a single and a stolen base for Rollins, and a sac fly to put Philly up 1-0. Walks were really the only aspect of Bazardo's outing that would qualify as "troubling." Jayson Werth led off the 2nd with a walk, but Bazardo got Ibanez to GIDP. Things got a little hairy in the bottom of the 6th, when Victorino doubled to right and Utley moved him over to third. With two outs, and the Phillies down 3-1, Bazardo balked, scoring Victorino, and then walked Howard. Gervacio came in for the final out and got Jayson Werth to fly out to right.

Offensively, it was going on. Bourn was 2x5, Tejada 4x5, Berkman was 0x1 but had three walks, Lee was 2x5, Pence was 2x4, Keppinger was 3x5. Carlos Lee added 2RBI, pushing him over the 100-RBI mark for the seventh time in the last eight seasons (2004 was the exception, and Lee had 99 RBI). The big inning came in the 7th, when the Astros got five hits - four singles - to string together five runs. But more as a relief, the Astros were 7x15 with RISP. Even little J.R. Towles got into the hit column (1x5). And still, in a late-inning blowout, Johnson and Manzella sat on the bench.

Hamels' final line was: 6.2IP, 9H/6ER, 5K:3BB to drop his record to 10-10 with a 4.25 ERA, and it was his worst start since August 2.

Man of the Match: Yorman Bazardo. He really needed to show something going into 2010, which he had not yet done, and came out and threw a gem. Third Major League win.

Goat of the Game: Everyone got a hit (except Berkman, who has reinvented himself as The Most Patient Man on Earth), and for the first time in a long time, the Astros looked like a Major League team. No Goat.