Thursday, May 27, 2010

Recap for G47: Astros @ Brewers

I know that closers are going to blow saves. Just like haters gonna hate, closers gonna close. But sometimes they don't. Astros lose 4-3 in 12 to the Brewers. On a walk-off walk.

Why They Lost

Because the law of averages caught up with Matt Lindstrom, but in a rough way. Oh, and because the Astros were 1x17 w/RISP.

Astros Pitching

Myers67/23:3111-66 (59.5%)21/8
Lopez10/02:015-10 (66.7%)4/2
Lyon11/01:012-9 (75%)1/1
Lindstrom1.24/22:344-23 (52.3%)0/7

Well, Lindstrom came into this game having been given a one-run lead five times, converting five saves, and having given up just three earned runs all season. So of course, with the opportunity to take a road series for just the third time, Lindstrom gives up two runs for the blown save and the loss.

Myers was spotted a two-run lead in the first and gave up three singles in the 3rd for one run, and two singles and a walk in the 5th to tie it up.

In the 9th, Lindstrom gave up a single, sac fly, wild pitch, walk, and another single to allow the tying run across the plate before getting Braun and Fielder to end the inning with Rickie Weeks on 3rd base. With Lindstrom out for a second inning in the 10th, he gave up a single, walk, single to load the bases. Randy Wolf inexplicably came in to pinch-hit, struck out swinging, before walking Rickie Weeks on six pitches to score Casey McGehee.

Prior to today, Lindstrom's longest outing - pitch-count wise - was 25 pitches. He threw 20 pitches in the 9th, and needed 24 more to lose the game.

Astros hitting

Well, the Astros scored three runs - all of them unearned on errors by Alcides Escobar and Rickie Weeks. But they were 7x37 with five walks. But only one extra-base hit - the 18th time they've had one or zero extra-base hits.

However, five of the hits came from Keppinger (2x5) and Pence (3x5). Blum and Cash got the other two hits, with Cory Sullivan drawing two walks, doubling his walk total for the season.

The Astros drew twelve walks this series with the Brewers - the same number the Astros had in the seven games previous (May 17-23)

Congratulations to Lance Berkman, who drew his 1000th walk of his career.

Pitch Count Hero: Keppinger (2x5) - 29 pitches in five PAs
Pitch Count Punk: Pence (3x5) - 16 pitches in five PAs.

Team Pitches/Plate Appearance: 4.2 (189 pitches in 45 PAs)

Man of the Match: Hunter Pence - 3x5 on the day, three multi-hit games in his last four, and eight for his last 16 with three walks and no strikeouts. It's actually been five games since Pence has struck out.

Goat of the Game: Matt Lindstrom. You can't save them all, unless Ed Wade has just traded you.