Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Recap for Astros v. Pirates

What Happened?
The Pirates took the field. That pretty much signified the end of the game. Houston got into Mid-1 with a 2-0 lead, and then piled on for an 11-1 win.

Why They Won
Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf was bad, as was the Pirates defense. Ohlendorf allowed seven runs (four earned) on nine hits and three walks in 3.2IP. And the Astros had six extra-base hits and ten singles, leaving only seven on base for the game.

Astros pitching
Felipe Paulino dominated in what could have been an SP5-clinching performance, throwing 5IP, 7H/1ER, 6K:1BB, and his fastball was apparently electric. He even picked Andrew McCutchen off first. The bullpen did another admirable job, allowing 1H/0ER in 4IP. Your reliever of the day was Brandon Lyon who threw a perfect sixth inning with a groundout, strikeout, and a lineout. Gary Majewski did allow two walks, while Danny Meszaros came on and allowed a hit and a walk. Out breakdown for the day: nine groundouts, nine strikeouts, six flyouts, and three liners.

Astros batting
The Astros brought a bunch of YoungStros with them due to the amount of upcoming road trips, and they responded. Count multi-hit games for T.J. Steele (2x5, 2R, 1RBI, SB), Drew Locke (2x5, triple, 1R, 1RBI), and the Astros were 8x16 with RISP. Kaz Matsui had a nice day, going 3x3 with 2R, an SB, and an RBI, but was picked off first (as was DeLome). Jason Michaels was 2x3 with a run and an RBI, and Chris Shelton continues his hot streak with a 3x3, 2R, 4RBI performance. We would also be remiss to forget that Matt Kata hit his first homer of the Spring.

0-fers (more than one AB): Feliz (0x2, though with 2BB), Cash (0x2), Meyer (0x2)

Positional Battles

Quintero: 2x3, RBI (.267)
Cash: 0x2, 2K

Shelton: 3x3, 2R, 4RBI, 1BB (.323)

Man of the Match
Felipe Paulino. That's the way to step up.

Goat of the Game
I'm still in a good mood. No Goat today.