Wandy: 7IP, 2H, 0ER, 10K:2BB
Sampson: 1IP, 1H, 0K:1BB
Fulchino: 1IP, 0H
Everyone give it up for Fulchino's Astros debut, in which he got Taveras, Hairston and Votto to fly out to right, center, and center - respectively.
Let's have a closer look at Wandy's 10 strikeouts, shall we?
1st inning: Taveras - swinging
2nd inning: Encarnacion - swinging; Nix - swinging
3rd inning: Hernandez - looking; Gonzalez - looking; Harang - looking
5th inning: Nix - swinging
6th inning: Harang - swinging
7th inning: Votto - looking; Nix - swinging
Hooray! Nix was the major victim, striking out swinging three times on the night.
And let's not forget the Astros bats. Carlos Lee raised his average to .250 with a 3x3 night (plus a walk); Geoff Blum went 3x4 with 3RBI to raise his average to .324. Pudge got his 2nd multi-hit game of the season by going 2x2 with 2RBIs of his own. It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows - it rarely is. Jason Smith is now 0x13 on the season, and Berkman went 0x4 with a walk, but it lowered his batting average to .189. Three XBHs with doubles by Lee, Blum, and Pudge. And the Astros got 3SBs from Tejada, Pence, and Bourn. Bourn's stolen base came in the 5th in which the Astros were up 2-0. Leadoff single from Bourn, he steals 2nd. Tejada and Berkman fly out and Lee doubles, scoring Bourn.
More importantly, of the 15 baserunners, there were no instances of the Grounding Into a Double Play variety.
Man of the Match:
Are you kidding? Let's hear it for the New Stopper, Wandy Rodriguez
Goat of the Game:
Hard to say, as things went pretty well for the Astros tonight. Even though Bourn had a clutch SB, he did end the inning three times - twice striking out swinging with two men on - we're giving the Goat to Bourn.