Sunday, May 9, 2010

Recap for G31: Astros v. Padres

Well I'll be. The Astros tied it up in the 9th, and then Hunter Pence hits a walkoff for a 4-3 win over the Padres.

Why They Won

Because somehow Berkman, Lee, and Pence - who were previously hitting .199 combined - went 7x14 with three RBI. And because Roy threw the longest outing of the rotation so far this season.

Astros Pitching

Oswalt86/39:1117-76 (65%)22/16
Lindstrom22/00:022-14 (63.6%)3/1
Lyon10/00:05-4 (80%)1/0

Roy went eight innings for the first time in 17 starts - July 17, 2009 at Dodger Staduim. And after seven walks in his last two starts combined, Roy only allowed one walk on the day. Oh, he got the No Decision, don't worry about that.

Lyon has now appeared in sixteen games, and has held the opposing team scoreless in 14 of those appearances. Yeah, he gave up six earned runs in those two, but whatever. It's been ten appearances since he gave up the three runs for the second time, so...yay. Lyon's ERA went from 10.12 after that April 17 outing to today's mark of 3.77.

Astros hitting

Dadgum. Of course Stauffer - who made his first start of the season and naturally held the Astros scoreless (for a Game Score of 56, lower than normal). So the Astros had to do their damage on the Padres' bullpen. Lee and Pence went back-to-back in the 6th to cut the lead to 3-2, and then in the 9th, Heath Bell came in - who was 8x9 in save opportunities. Jerry Hairston threw Carlos Lee's groundball to Baytown, doubtless because he was rushed by Carlos Lee's speed. With Matsui running for him, Pence grounded out, moving Matui to third. Feliz almost gave Bell a ride over the fence, but it was enough to get Matsui home to tie it up.

In the 11th, Keppinger was safe on an error by Chase Headley, and Berkman's single got Keppinger over to second. Michaels' sac bunt got Keppinger thrown out at third, but Pence played the hero and won it for his second RBI of the game.

Pence now has four hits in his last eight ABs, and has hits in four of his last five games.

Pitch Count Hero: Bourn (1x5) - 23 pitches in five PAs
Pitch Count Punk: Pence (3x5) - 10 pitches in five PAs

Man of the Match: It's got to be Hunter Pence. He had three hits in his previous 21 ABs.

Goat of the Game: How's about we give it to Jeff Keppinger - 0x5, and has two hits in his last 19 ABs.