Tuesday, April 24, 2012

From the Office of the County Clerk - G18: Astros (6-11) @ Brewers (8-9)

Bud Norris (1-0, 4.26) v.s. Randy Wolf (0-2, 8.80)

The Astros offense continued to score runs in bunches, but pitching once again let the 'Stros down as they fell to the Brewers by a 9-6 count tonight. The Brewers pull even at 9-9 on the year, while the Astros fall well below .500 at 6-12.

*Bud Norris was on fire through the first four innings, before the wheels fell off. He finished with a line of 5.2 IP / 9 H / 7 ER / 2 BB / 6 K. He took the loss and falls to 1-1 on the year with a 5.84 ERA.

Observations:

*Bud Norris was seemingly unstoppable at the start of the game. In the third inning he even tied a major league baseball record when he struck out 4 batters in one inning (thanks to a dropped 3rd strike on one of the strikeouts, which allowed the batter to reach base). But then, Bud couldn't keep the ball in the park. He gave up a 2 run homerun to #8 hitter Ishikawa in the 5th, followed by a 2 run bomb to Corey Hart and a 3 run bomb to Rickie Weeks, both in the 6th inning. 

*With Norris already down 4-2 and struggling, Mills left him in to try to finish off Weeks, who launched the 3 run homerun to essentially put the game out of reach. Was it a bad call to leave Norris in when he had Rodriguez warming in the bullpen? That's a tough call. I tend to agree with Mills on this one. It's just a shame it didn't work out in the end.

*Brett Myers also gave up a homerun tonight, for a total of 4 taters given up to the Brew Crew in the game.

*Bud Norris gave up 18 HR in 153.2 IP in 2010, 24 HR in 186.0 IP in 2011 and now 5 HR in 24.2 IP so far this season. That works out to one homerun for every 8.5 IP / 7.75 IP / 4.84 IP over the past 3 season consecutively. He's going to have to reverse this alarming trend and start keeping some baseballs in the ballpark if he wants to continue to be successful in the big leagues.

*Chris Johnson got the night off, and Marwin Gonzalez got the start at 3rd. However CJ did come in as a pinch hitter and got 2 AB's in tonight, finishing 2 for 2 with 2 runs and an RBI. He has been a pleasant surprise this year in a turnaround of a season with a decent .294/.314/.368 line so far.

*Jordan Schafer went 1 for 4 tonight and has now reached base safely in the first 18 games of the season. This is the longest streak for an Astro since Gutierrez went 23 straight games back in 1998.

*The only concerning thing about Schafer? Since he stole 5 bags in the first 7 games of the season, he has now only stolen 1 in the past 11. He has been caught stealing twice, but if I'm Mills i'm still giving him the green light.

*Jose Altuve had a great night tonight, with his first homerun of the year in the 2nd to go along with his 4th stolen base of the year. He was moved up to the #6 spot tonight with Marwin Gonzalez dropping to 8th playing for CJ. Altuve went 2 for 4 with a walk, 2 runs, an RBI, the homerun and the stolen base.

*Brian Bogusevic went 0 for 5 and Chris Snyder went 0 for 3. Their season batting average now stand at .185 and .080 respectively. Ouch.

*The Astros 6 runs tonight were driven in by 6 different players. 4 players scored the 6 runs however, including pitcher Kyle Weiland who was used as a pinch runner.

*The Astros left 10 men on base while the Brewers only left 6.

Turning Point:

The disaster of a 6th inning. Norris gave up a 2 run homerun and a 3 run homerun in the same inning, effectively burying the Astros chances of winning tonight.

Man of the Match:

Going to give it to Jose Altuve. First homerun of the year, a stolen base and a solid 2 for 4 night with 2 runs scored and a walk.

Goat of the Game:

Bud Norris was fantastic to start the game......but then suddenly started serving up gopher balls and couldn't keep the ball in the park.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

What about Willy Taveras' 30-game hit streak in 2006? Aside from a hit streak, wouldn't it also count as a "reached-base-safely" streak? Just curious...

Anonymous said...

Yeah, CJ has shown TONS of improvement as evidenced by the mediocre .682 OPS (versus an equally mediocre .670 OPS last season). Or perhaps it was the GG-quality defense you were refering to?

CM said...

That is true, but this streak is to start a season. There have been longer streaks within seasons.

CM said...

I didn't say tons of improvement, I said a "decent turnaround". He's taking a better approach this year. The OPS will increase as will the slugging percentage as he starts to knock a few balls out of the park.

Anonymous said...

Its good to see a dirty player like Norris get thumped. What a coward

Juvenile Court Clerk - Bryan Trostel said...
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Juvenile Court Clerk - Bryan Trostel said...

Dirty or not, it's not like he did it anonymously. THAT would have been cowardly.

Terence said...

Dirty? Upset that he started the game by plunking Weeks? Teach your rock head first basemen how to slide and there won't be problems. The only dirty player in all of this is the one with shoulder problems right now. If Gamel somehow recovers for today's game (doubt it), expect him to get plunked by that dirty JA Happ as well.