Wednesday, July 20, 2011

From the Office of the County Clerk - G98: Astros v. Nationals

Altuve Day turns into a win as the Astros defeat Washington 3-2 in 11 innings.

*This is the first home series win since May 23-25, when the Astros took two of three against the Dodgers.

*It's the first two-game win streak since the Astros won at Dodger Stadium on June 17-18. It's the first time the Astros have won back-to-back games at home since April 30/May 1.

*Brett Myers threw well enough to deserve the win (though he didn't get it), going 7IP, 8H/2ER, 4K:2BB. It's his second quality start in a row, and the first time he has allowed two earned runs in a start since June 22. This game snaps a four-game losing streak for Myers, as he gets his first win since June 17.

*Enerio Del Rosario threw a perfect 8th inning to extend his scoreless streak to eight games. Mark Melancon also threw a perfect 9th. In July, Melancon has thrown 8.1IP, allowing 3H/4R (2ER), 5K:4BB.

*The Astros again got a double-digit hit game, with 12, giving them five 10+ hit-games in their last seven. They also drew five walks, most since June 16 (at home vs. Pittsburgh).

*Hunter Pence managed three walks and a hit today - his first three walk game of the season, and first since July 31, 2009.

*Michael Bourn was 2x6, and Clint Barmes and Humberto Quintero (RBI) also had two hits. It's Bourn's third multi-hit game in the last five days, and he's hitting .323 in July. Barmes was 2x5, and is 15x50 with 5XBH in July, as well.

*But the Happy Story of the Day is Jose Altuve. He flied out to right on the first pitch in the 1st, flied out to center on a 2-2 pitch in the 3rd, flied out to center on a 2-1 pitch in the 5th, struck out swinging to end the 7th, and singled to right on a 1-2 pitch in the 9th for his first Major League hit.

*Jason Michaels got his first go-ahead hit of the season with the game-winner in the 11th.

*Man of the Match: I'm tempted to go with Altuve, just on general principle, but this goes to Brett Myers.

*Goat of the Game: Yeah, he got two hits, but it's going to Clint Barmes. With one out in the bottom of the 8th, with the bases loaded, against Tyler Clippard, Barmes fouled out first, when a flyball to the outfield would have scored a run. Then, in the 10th, Barmes GIDPd to end the inning.


Anonymous said...

you should double check the part about Brett Myers.. He did good enough but didnt get the win, yet you end the paragraph saying he got his first win since....?

Astros County said...

I don't understand. He deserved the win, but didn't get it. First win since June 17.