Monday, March 29, 2010

Recap for Astros v. Pirates

What Happened?
Hard to imagine that non-roster invitee Gustavo Chacin will keep his roster invitation much longer, after the Pirates blistered him in a 13-1 win over the Astros.

Why They Lost
Hitting four homers in a game, and taking a 10-0 lead at the end of the third pretty much ended it. The Pirates got 15 hits on the day, and eight of them were for extra-bases (three doubles, one triple, and FOUR home runs). Andrew McCutchen was 2x4 with a triple and a homer, and Akinori Iwamura AND Jeff Clement went 3x5.

Astros pitching
Chacin...Chacin. Chacin's line was as follows: 2IP, 9H/8R (6ER), 1K:2BB. He faced 17 Pirates, got six outs, and all five of his in-play outs were flyballs. So the Pirates were popping the ball off him. Once he left, it wasn't so bad. Runs were allowed by Andy Van Hekken, Brandon Lyon, and Wilton Lopez - though of the Pirates 13 runs, "only" eight of them were earned, thanks to four errors by the Astros. Sam Gervacio is still The Man, striking out three in two perfect innings, dropping his ERA to 0.82 (though Wilton Lopez' ERA for the Spring is 0.00). It's worth noting that Brandon Lyon gave up five hits in 2IP today, as well.

Astros batting
Not much going on here, either. The Astros were 6x32, with no extra-base hits, and were 2x11 with RISP. And Gustavo Chacin got one of those hits. Geoff Blum is coming back to earth, going 0x4 with 2Ks, and a .245 batting average. J.R. Towles - bad hamstring and all - was 0x4 with 2Ks and a GIDP. The lone RBI was from Matt Kata in the 4th.

0-fers (more than one AB): Towles (0x4), Blum (0x4), Johnson (0x3, BB, 3K), Shelton (0x2),

Positional Battles

Towles: 0x4, 2K (.333)

Johnson: 0x3, 3K, BB, E (.286)
Maysonet: 1x4 (.295)
Shelton: 0x2, BB, E (.326)

Man of the Match
Sam Gervacio. With today's performance, may have put a stranglehold on Arias' bullpen spot.

Goat of the Game
Chacin, man. Chacin.