Saturday, June 18, 2011

From the Office of the County Clerk - G71: Astros @ Dodgers

A five-run 6th would certainly put most normal fans at ease, but we are not normal fans, so the Dodgers' mini-rally in the 9th made us vomit. Still, Astros win 7-3.

*Brett Myers threw 9IP, 4H/3R (2ER), 6K:1BB - giving up two runs on an Andre Ethier 9th inning homer. It's Myers' 3rd CG as an Astro, and his first since July 27, 2010 against the Cubs. It's also the Astros' 1st CG of the year, leaving the Cubs and the Padres as the only NL teams without a complete game.

*In four June starts (28IP), Myers has allowed 18H/12ER, 19K:5BB, 5HR, and opponents are hitting .180/.217/.340. This is much better than his May, where in 30IP, he allowed 40H/23ER, 24K:13BB, and 6HR.

*The offense went off for 11 hits, and the five runs in the 6th inning mark a tie for the 2nd-most runs in an inning by the Astros this season. In the last three games (1-2), though, they have 15K:12BB.

*Don't look now, but Carlos Lee is climbing back towards some semblance of respectability. After a 3x5 night, he's hitting .273/.322/.409.

*Clint Barmes went 2x4 with two doubles and 2RBI. His last three hits have been doubles, and he has three RBIs. The interesting thing about Barmes is that he has drawn two walks this month - 63 PAs. He still has 32K:16BB, but hasn't drawn a walk in 45 PAs.

*Jason Bourgeois was 2x5 with a stolen base (his 17th), and - in a limited sample size - is looking like a suitable replacement for Michael Bourn, should he do what we all expect and let Scott Boras ship him off to the East Coast. Bourgeois is hitting .378/.403/.459, with 17SBs in 19 attempts.

*Congrats to Brett Wallace, who got his 10th hit off of a left-handed starter, and drew two walks. He leads the team with a .407 OBP - his 32 walks leading the team, four more than Michael Bourn, but in 55 fewer PAs.

*Man of the Match: Lots of nominees, but let's go with Brett Myers, who overcame the heartache of losing Arnsberg to throw the CG.

*Goat of the Game: Let's go with Jeff Keppinger, who - despite getting a hit - was 0x3 w/RISP.