Friday, April 30, 2010

Recap for G22: Astros v. Braves

So....this is getting kind of old. Lance Berkman was out of the lineup with a "minor" groin injury, and the Astros lost to the Braves 4-2.

Why They Lost

It comes down to the Astros not being able to get hits, and runs. They were 4x29, all singles, and Tommy Manzella committed two errors on ground balls (one that took a bad hop and got him right in his Tommy's Apple). Myers pitched fairly well - but he did walk four batters - the same number he had walked all season to this point.

Astros Pitching

Myers76/35:4107-61 (57%)19/10
Byrdak0.20/01:114-7 (50%)2/3
Fulchino0.10/01:03-3 (100%)1/1

Let's go back to the season-long trend of Myers struggling against the order's first PA:

2x7, 2BB (though two reached on errors)

2nd time through the order: 3x8, BB
3rd time through the order: 1x8, BB

Que interesante.

Astros hitting

Glory of glories! Pedro Feliz drew a walk - the Astros' only one on the night - with one out in the 9th. This brought up Carlos Lee as the tying run. Good time to hit your first home run, right? How about a game-ending GIDP, instead?

The Astros did get two hits w/RISP - Towles and Pence.

Tommy Hanson had it working. He needed 99 pitches to get 24 outs and of his 72 strikes, 22 were called, 8 were swinging, 22 were fouled off, and 20 were put in play. So of the 108 pitches the Astros saw, only eight of them were swinging.

Pitch Count Hero: Manzella (0x3) - 18 pitches in three PAs
Pitch Count Punk: Lee (1x3) - 6 pitches in three PAs

Man of the Match: No one on the offense deserves this, so it goes to Brett Myers.

Goat of the Game: Tommy Manzella. 0x3, a GIDP, and two errors.