Thursday, May 17, 2012

From the Office of the County Clerk - G38: Brewers @ Astros

Shaun Marcum (2-1, 3.07) vs JA Happ (2-3, 5.72)

The Astros scored 4 runs in the 4th inning tonight, powered by a Jed Lowrie 2 run homerun, and JA Happ scattered 7 hits over 6 innings pitched but didn't yield a single run and the Astros beat the Brewers for the second straight by a 4-0 count. The Astros improve to 17-21 while the Brewers fall to 16-22.

*JA Happ did give up a fair amount of hits, but they didn't hurt him and he was much sharper tonight overall than he was in his last outing. His line: 6.0 IP / 7 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 4 K. Wesley Wright got one out, Wilton Lopez pitched 1.2 scoreless innings and Fernando Abad pitched a scoreless 9th to hold down the shutout. Happ evens his record at 3-3 on the year.

Observations:

*The Astros collected 13 hits, along with 2 walks tonight. They struck out 7 times. Schafer, CJ and Snyder each had a pair of hits and Jose Altuve was red hot going 3 for 5. JD, Lee, Lowrie and Bogusevic each only had one hit (although Lowrie's was huge).

*Altuve and Bogusevic both stole a base tonight, their 8th and 6th respectively.

*Despite the great game, the Astros were only 3 for 14 with runners in scoring position - not a great number.

*JD Martinez went 1 for 5 from the 3 hole again. I still think Mills should have him batting lower in the order for awhile longer, but at least JD is getting a knock here and there. He was going 0 for 4 and 0 for 5 in games almost nightly during his slump it seemed like. Despite the slump his OBP is still a very good. 338. 

*Schafer and Snyder each drove in a run in the 4th inning as well, with Lowrie driving in 2 himself that inning on his 5th homerun of the year.

*The Astros now have 2 hitters batting over .300 (Altuve and Lee), but have 7 of 8 regulars over .300 OBP. Only the 2 catchers fall short of the .300 mark. Altuve and Lee are tops, tied at .365. Lowrie is not far behind at .356.

Turning Point:

Jed Lowrie's 2 run homerun opened the scoring, and it was the only runs the Astros would need as Happ and the pen chucked a shutout tonight.

Man of the Match:

While Lowrie had a very nice game, going to give it to Happ here. Pitched a great game tonight after a clunker in his last outing. Any time you can hold an offense as potent as the Brewers to not even a single run, you know you have done well.

Goat of the Game:

The Astros had 13 hits tonight - everyone in the starting lineup except for Happ got at least one hit - and the Astros pitchers combined for a shutout. No Goat tonight.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was at the game last night. Great game in many ways. Happ pitched better than I've seen him this year, but he was also bailed out in two innings when the bases were full by the infield. Happ looks like he needs more confidence and he needs to gain weight. He is a stick.

The other thing that really caught my eye was how bad JD Martinez was. His swing and stance was very akward. It's like he was just trying to swing in a very wierd way. He needs to go back to the minors for a stint to get his confidence back.

Altuve was incredible last night. I can't believe how fast he is. He made it to base when I thought for sure He would be out. Lot's of promise with him.

Also Jed Lowrie is looking better and better all the time. He and Altuve could turn into an interesting tag team in the infield.

There is definately some talent on the team, it just needs to be nurtured and developed. BUT the attendence was terrible. We have to do our part as fans and give something to our players.

If I were Jim Crane I would hand out tickets to just pack it out. At least we would buy food!