Wednesday, August 3, 2011

From the Office of the County Clerk - G110: Reds @ Astros

One inning. One bad inning, and the Astros lose 5-1 to the Reds.

*Some context: the Astros have lost four of their last five, and nine of their last twelve. Their .327 Win% puts them on pace for a 53-109 record.

*First of all, congrats to Wandy for setting the franchise record for strikeouts by a lefty, passing Bob Knepper.

*Wandy threw 5IP, 4H/5ER, 3K:3BB, allowing four of those runs on a grand slam. Of the 125 homers Wandy has allowed, that's just the third grand slam he has allowed.

*It was Wandy's 20th start, yet it was the first time since April 13 - his third start of the season - that he has failed to record 16 outs.

*Wandy's 78 pitches last night were the fewest in a start since he threw 68 pitches against Texas on June 18, 2010. The issue was the 5th inning AB against Homer Bailey, who saw nine pitches and ended up drawing a walk. It was the second time this season Wandy has walked the pitcher.

*Aneury Rodriguez allowed just one hit, David Carpenter threw a perfect 8th inning, and Enerio Del Rosario gave up two baserunners in 1IP. Since Carpenter gave up 2H/2ER on July 25 against the Cardinals, he has made three appearances (2IP), and faced the minimum six batters, with three strikeouts.

*The Astros managed just five hits (pushing their single-digit hit streak to six games), none from their 4-6 hitters (Lee, Martinez, Barmes). Martinez had the roughest game, going 0x4 with 3Ks.

*Luis Durango had your only RBI, and the top three in the lineup (Durango-Altuve-Bogusevic) went 3x11 with 2K:1BB. *Jimmy Paredes also had a hit and a walk.

*Two Astros saw fewer than ten pitches in the lineup: Carlos Lee (0x4, seven pitches) and Carlos Corporan (1x3, five pitches). Carlos Lee hasn't gotten a hit since July 28, a span of 21 plate appearances.

*Man of the Match: Jimmy Paredes.

*Goat of the Game: Hard to give it to Wandy for one bad inning, but that's pretty much what we're going to do.