Monday, August 29, 2011

From the Office of the County Clerk - G135: Pirates @ Astros

Well well. The Astros overcome a 3-run deficit because Wandy turned into Jason Jennings for a half-inning, and beat the Pirates 7-4.

*The Astros won their 10th game of the month - the first time since May they've reached double-digits in wins.

*The pitching staff allowed five hits for the 20th time this season, and are 13-7 when allowing five (or fewer) hits.

*Wandy Rodriguez threw effectively: 7IP, 4H/3ER, 13K:4BB - with the 13Ks coming in for a career-high - improving to 10-9. The Astros now have two pitchers, Wandy and Melancon, who are over .500.

*Wandy's 10th win means that this is the third straight season he has posted double-digit wins. From 2008-present, Wandy is 44-40 with a 3.37 ERA/1.28 WHIP in 115 starts.

*He also threw his 3rd wild pitch of the season - last year he had eight.

*David Carpenter has now made nine consecutive appearances without allowing an earned run, and five straight appearances without allowing a hit. His ERA has dropped from 4.22 on August 12 to 2.65 after tonight's perfect outing.

*Welcome to the big leagues, Juan Abreu! He struck out the first two batters he faced (Alex Presley, Brandon Wood), walked Garrett Jones, and allowed a run-scoring triple to Ronny Cedeno.

*To the offense.

*Jimmy Paredes and Carlos Corporan were the only position players to not get a hit (aside from pinch-hitting Matt Downs).

*Jordan Schafer was 2x4 with an RBI, and in his seven starts with Houston has four multi-hit games.

*Jose Altuve was 3x5, collecting three hits for the 6th time this season. He has four hits (two doubles) in his last six plate appearances.

*Carlos Lee was 2x3 with a walk, homer, and 3RBIs. And with that, he has eight hits (five for extra-bases) in his last 10 ABs, raising his monthly average to .262. His .772 OPS is at the highest point since July 28 (.776).

*Clint Barmes was 2x4, breaking a 13PA hitless streak.

*Brian Bogusevic had two doubles on the night, and in August he's hitting .385/.431/.731. In 33 Pre-ASG ABs, Bogusevic had a .539 OPS. In 55 Post-ASG ABs, his OPS is 1.110.

*Carlos Corporan was 0x4 with 3Ks, giving him 42Ks on the season, in 132 ABs, and he has 5Ks in his last 13ABs.

*Man of the Match: Wandy Rodriguez

*Goat of the Game: Good mood night. No Goat.