Tuesday, June 29, 2010

From the Office of the County Clerk - G77: Astros @ Brewers

Okay, that was nice. Astros win 9-5.

*After the 2nd inning, the Astros were down 4-0. That they came back to win marks the largest comeback win of the season.

*When starting the 3rd inning behind, the Astros are now 8-26.

*The big story on offense was Michael Bourn's 4x6 day. It's obviously the most hits he's recorded in a game this season, though this was his 19th multi-hit game of the year. But he actually did get four hits in a game at Colorado on May 14, 2009. And again against Pittsburgh as a Phillie on July 27, 2007.

*Bourn also hit his first homer of the season, his first since July 10, 2009. He has hit four homers since the beginning of 2009 - two of them against Milwaukee.

*Berkman got the night off. How much of an effect does that have on the record? When Berkman starts, the Astros are 26-35. When he doesn't, they're 4-12.

*1-4 in the lineup: 10x19, 2K:3BB, 6RBI.

*Pedro Feliz was 3x5 with a double on the night, it was his first extra-base hit since June 15 - which is also the last time he had a multi-hit game.

*Chris Johnson drew a walk!

*Okay, now let's get to Bud Norris. In his first start since May 23, Norris threw 5IP, 9H/5R (4ER), 6K:1BB. It was his 10th start of the season, and he has made it to that 16th out just once.

*Norris threw first-pitch strikes to just nine of 23 batters. In those nine PAs? 2x8, 3K (and a first-pitch homer from Braun). Regard the Brewers' second inning: The Brewers came in with a 1-0 lead, Norris threw first-pitch balls to six of seven batters, and three runs scored with two outs (on a double to shallow left and two singles).

*The story of the bullpen was Brandon Lyon, who struck out all four batters he faced.

*With the win, the Astros are 8-18 in the first games of series.

Pitch Count Hero: We might have a season-high here. Jason Castro (0x4, BB) - 32 pitches in five PAs.

Pitch Count Punk: Carlos Lee (2x4, BB) - 11 pitches in five PAs.

Man of the Match: I think this one's going to Michael Bourn - 4x6, 2R, 2RBI, HR.

Goat of the Game: Not sure what we could have expected from Norris, who was making his first start in over a month. Dude battled himself with the whole "not throwing strikes" thing.

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