Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Recap for G27: Astros v. Dia'ondback'

First of all, I'd like to thank MLB.TV for having technical difficulties and/or "Media Errors" for allowing me to watch this on ESPN's AutoUpdate feature. But it doesn't mean I didn't yell when Carlos Lee went yard for a walkoff 4-2 win to ensure the avoidance of their third straight sweep.

Why They Won

I just about had this post written. But Carlos Lee took Juan Gutierrez deep, scoring Kaz Matsui for the win. Brett Myers was the hard-luck no decision earner, throwing 124 pitches to get through 7IP.

Astros Pitching

Myers76/26:3124-75 (60.5%)23/16
Lyon10/00:05-5 (100%)0/1
Lindstrom12/00:015-10 (66.7%)1/0

I'll admit it. I questioned - internally, of course - the decision to pull Lyon with a tie game, having thrown just five pitches, and the Astros showing no real signs of life. But I guess it worked out.

Astros hitting

There was no record of ABs w/RISP, because the Astros didn't have a single at-bat with runners in scoring position tonight. Zero. Tommy Manzella homered to left to give the Astros a 4-2 lead, and Carlos Lee - obviously - homered to left to score Kaz Matsui, who drew one of the two walks (Berkman drew the other).

The Astros were again impatient at the plate, seeing 121 pitches - three fewer than what Myers' threw in 7IP - on the night. Rodrigo Lopez lowered his ERA to 4.14 against the Astros.

Tommy Manzella still hit his first HR of the season before Carlos Lee.

Pitch Count Hero: Pence (1x3) - 17 pitches in three PAs
Pitch Count Punk: Feliz (0x3) - 9 pitches in three PAs

Man of the Match: This ought to go to Brett Myers for battling through 7IP, but come on, it's Carlos Lee's first homer of the season. And it was a walk-off.

Goat of the Game: Amazing. One swing of the bat and I went from giving the entire offense a Goat to being completely ecstatic. The goat goes to Pedro Feliz. Three groundouts, got to first because of a fielder's choice and an error by Mark Reynolds.