Sunday, October 4, 2009

Recap for G162 - Astros @ Mets

Swiftly and mercifully the Astros' season ended not with a bang, but with a whimper, getting swept by the Brooklyn Cyclones New York Mets with a 4-0 loss. It was the Mets' first sweep since May 25-27 against Washington. That's Astros baseball.

Wilton Lopez threw 77 pitches in 5IP, allowing six earned runs to lower his ERA to 8.38 on the year. The Mets' Nelson Figueroa took his 2-8 record, and shut the Astros down with a 4-hit complete game shutout. Let's do the thing, thankfully for the last time until next April.

Lopez: 5IP, 6H/3ER (4 total), 11/22 first-pitch strikes, 7/51 non-contact strikes (5called:2 swinging)
Wright: 2IP, 2H, 2K:2BB, 7/10 FPS, 13/32 NCS (9c:4s)
Gervacio: 1IP, 1H, 3/4 FPS, 3/12 NCS (3c)

Of Lopez' 77 pitches, the Mets only swung and missed two of them, and Wesley Wright threw 50 pitches in an outing for the first time since getting carted out of Wrigley in an ambulance.

The Astros were terrible, again, facing a young pitcher. Bourn, Tejada, Berkman, and Quintero accounted for the only hits, with Tejada flying out to right field in the 9th to leave his hit total at 199 for the season and sole possession of 2nd place in Astros franchise history. Somehow the Astros had five ABs with RISP, and predictably, got nothing out of it. An 0x4 day leaves Carlos Lee's batting average right at .300, making 2009 the fifth straight season in which he has reached the .300 mark.

Geoff Blum ran out to third base after the game ended to give it to Aaron Boone, who made his second start of the season today, a nice gesture. Chris Johnson then proceeded to piss in the third-base hole, while shaking his fists at Dave Clark and the rest of the Astros' awestruck bench (okay, maybe that's not exactly what happened, but the first part is true.)

Man of the Match: Who knows? Let's give it to Aaron Boone.

Goat of the Game: In honor of Carlos Lee's 0-fer (including two hitless ABs with RISP), he gets the final Goat of the season.

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