Thursday, April 22, 2010

Recap for G14: Astros v. Marlins

So let's update: that's four in a row, and five out of six, as the Astros get all weird and defeat the Marlins 5-4.

Why They Won
Because, while Lee was 2x3, the guys on either side of him were 0x4. But Feliz-Matsui-Quintero were a combined 4x10, and Geoff Blum's two-run triple provided the game-winning runs. And while Bud Norris had four great innings and one rough one, the bullpen was able to keep the Marlins' offense quiet.

Astros Pitching

Norris53/35:286-49 (57%)11/9
Lopez21/02:021-14 (66.7%)5/2
Lyon10/02:09-8 (88.9%)1/4
Lindstrom11/00:012-8 (75%)2/1

Norris was cruising along - had a no-hitter going into the 5th, holding the Marlins to just one walk. Then Dan Uggla led off the inning with an infield single on a 3-2 pitch. Then a four-pitch walk to John Baker. Then a swinging strikeout of Cody Ross. Gaby Sanchez hit a 1-0 pitch to left, scoring Uggla. Josh Johnson's sac scored Baker, and Cameron Maybin's triple scored Sanchez. It looked like the damage might be limited to three runs, when Jeff Keppinger's throwing error not only allowed Coghlan to reach first, but Maybin to score.

Congratulations to Wilton Lopez, who got his first career win. Lopez threw two innings, allowing a single, but facing the minimum after getting John Baker to GIDP.

Since the Cubs game where Lyon almost blew Roy's 4-run lead, Lyon has pitched in two games, and has had two perfect outings with 3K, and 21 total pitches.

Astros hitting

It's just weird. The Astros scored the first run of the game in the first inning without getting a hit. Bourn walked, stole second, moved to third, and scored on Berkman's RBI groundout. Quintero cut the lead to 4-2 with a 393-foot homer to left. Carlos Lee got his first RBI of the season in the 6th, and then came the 7th. Pedro Feliz and Kaz Matsui reached on an infield single, and then Blum tripled to center, and made the game 5-4. So the Astros had three extra-base hits: Bourn, Blum, and Quintero. Once again, the Astros took advantage of the bullpen after getting handled by the SP.

Progress was made on the walk front, as the Astros drew three walks for the third straight game. After nine walks in their first ten games, that's 10 in their last four.

Pitch Count Hero: Kaz Matsui (1x3) - 17 pitches in three PAs.
Pitch Count Punk: Pedro Feliz (1x4) - 14 pitches in four PAs.

Man of the Match: This is again difficult. But when the Astros needed a go-ahead hit, they got it from Geoff Blum.

Goat of the Game: Going back to Hunter Pence for this one. The presence of Lance Berkman is supposed to help, not allow you to continue hitting .173.

1 comment:

Spruce said...

This was one of the first games that I have had a chance to watch and I have to say that I was really impressed by Wilton Lopez. It made me hopeful for our bullpen.