Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Recap for G32: Astros @ Cardinals

The Cardinals made three errors, and the Astros actually took advantage to score four unearned runs on their way to a 6-3 win over St. Louis. It's just the third time this season they've opened a series with a win.

Why They Won

Timely hitting. Nice defense (Bourn throwing out Schumaker at home). Good pitching.

Astros Pitching

Myers68/23:2103-57 (55.3%)15/8
Fulchino0.12/10:114-8 (57.1%)1/2
Sampson0.20/00:04-2 (50%)0/0
Lyon10/00:015-11 (73.3%)2/1
Lindstrom11/01:013-9 (69.2%)2/2

This was Myers' fourth straight quality start, and since his first start of the season, in which he allowed 4ER in 6IP against the Giants, Myers has thrown 40IP, for a 3.15 ERA / 1.38 WHIP, with 29K:12BB, and the Astros have won four of his seven starts this season. He continues to allow baserunners (10 in G32) - he only threw a first-pitch strike to 10 of 25 batters.

Astros hitting

With the Astros down 2-0 in the top of the 7th, Carlos Lee was safe on a groundout to the shortstop, when Brendan Ryan committed his second throwing error of the game. Pence doubled, and with Manzella's sac fly, Sullivan's pinch-hit single, and Quintero and Bourn's singles, the Astros were up 4-2.

Then, in the 8th, Berkman and Pence both hit the jack to put the game out of reach. It was Berkman's 3rd and Pence's 4th of the season. Since getting benched to open the Padres series on May 7, Pence is 6x12 with two doubles and two homers.

Bourn and Pence had your multi-hit games, and an RBI each, while Berkman, Blum, Manzella, Sullivan, and Quintero added a knock. And yes, the Astros got two pinch-hit RBIs.

Pitch Count Hero: Berkman (1x4) - 18 pitches in four PAs
Pitch Count Punk: Manzella (1x3) - 9 pitches in three PAs

Man of the Match: This is interesting. Myers is certainly deserving. So is Pence. Let's give it to Pence.

Goat of the Game: Kaz Matsui. 0x3 (with an HBP), and ended three innings. He's now hitting .175/.242/.193 - that's an OPS of .435.