Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Recap for ST26: Astros v. Phillies

What Happened?
Bud Norris and the bullpen dealt with a Phillies' mostly-everyday lineup, and let them taste defeat in a 5-2 win.

Why They Won
Bud Norris and the bullpen held the Phillies' lineup mostly in check - only Chase Utley and catcher Brian Schneider had multi-hit games - allowing just nine hits on the day. Carlos Lee had four RBI in a 2x3 day, and Michael Bourn was 4x5 with two doubles, a triple, and a stolen base.

Astros pitching
Norris, despite getting hit on the hand by a line-drive, went 5IP, 6H/2ER, 7K:0BB. Over the next four innings, Lindstrom, Fulchino, Byrdak, and Sampson allowed three hits, no runs, and struck out eight, walking just two (both Lindstrom's). Chris Sampson struck out all three Phillies in the 9th inning. So the out breakdown was like this: 15 strikeouts, four groundouts, and eight flyouts.

Astros batting
Former Phillies were 6x9 as Feliz added his own 2x4 day to the tally. Despite the 11 hits, only three of those came with RISP, and just one of the five runs came with two outs, and they left ten on base. Unbelievably, the Astros only made three outs via the flyball, grounding out eleven times.

0-fers (more than one AB): Pence (0x3, BB), Blum (0x2, BB), Towles (0x3, RBI), Keppinger (0x4), Shelton (0x2)

Man of the Match
Michael Bourn. Got on base four times in five plate appearances, but only scored one run.

Goat of the Game
Jeff Keppinger. 0x4. Now hitting .172 (5x29) in his last ten games.