Wednesday, August 4, 2010

From the Office of the County Clerk - G106: Astros @ Cardinals

OMG! I will always remember what I'm about to type: Astros win 18-4.

*Obviously, the Astros' 18 runs are a season-high. The last time the Astros scored 18 runs in a game was, holy Hannah, at St. Louis on September 20, 2007. This was, of course, the famous J.R. Towles 8RBI game.

*So since the All-Star Break, the Astros are 11-6, outscoring their opponents 100-75. Since June 1, the Astros are 30-25.

*Against the NL Central, the Astros are 30-20.

*Everyone got a hit, some more than others. Angel "J.R." Sanchez was 4x6 with 6RBI, and was a homer short of the cycle.

*Carlos Lee was 3x5 with a walk. Since July 27, Lee is 10x22 with 1K:5BB. He has raised his batting average 13 points since that July 27 game, and his OPS 41 points (.655 to .696).

*Pedro Feliz thanked Ed Wade for not cutting his ass with a 3x6, 2RBI game. But still, Brett Wallace had a pinch-hit RBI single to make sure we didn't forget about him.

*And seriously, Chris Johnson should not ever miss a game. Ever. Adding another 2x3, 3RBI game - it's his second one of five games. He has seven multi-hit games in his last ten, and has a 17-game on-base streak going. Johnson is now hitting .350.

*Coming into the game, the Astros were 203x828 (.245) w/RISP. After last night's 13x19 w/RISP explosion, that average moves up to .255.

*And of course we get to talk about Bud Norris. He wasn't spotless - allowing 7H/4ER, 6K:1BB in 6IP, but it was enough for the win. His 10th career win, actually, and it brings his career record to 10-10. Five of those wins are against St. Louis.

*Jeff Fulchino threw 1IP, 1H/0ER, 2K:1BB, needing 25 pitches to get through the inning, and throwing only 11 strikes.

Pitch Count Hero: Jason Castro (2x5, BB) - 28 pitches in six PAs.

Pitch Count Punk: Chris Johnson (2x3) - 10 pitches in three PAs.

Man of the Match: Angel Sanchez. May your career not peak with this random outburst against the Cardinals.

Goat of the Game: I'm feeling good. No Goat.