Friday, June 8, 2012

From the Office of the County Clerk - G57: Cardinals @ Astros

Lance Lynn (8-2, 2.63) vs JA Happ (4-5, 4.31)

The Astros trailed 3-2 heading into the 5th, and 5-2 heading into the 7th....but the Cardinals piled on late and destroyed the Astros by a 14-2 count. The Astros now fall to 24-33.

*JA Happ was not at his best tonight, and neither was the bullpen as Brandon Lyon was the only Astros pitcher who didn't give up a run. Even Brian Bogusevic gave up a couple of earned runs in an inning of work. Happ's line: 4.2 IP / 4 ER / 5 H / 5 BB / 6 K. Carpenter, Cruz & Wright gave up runs in their appearances as well.

Observations:

*Despite giving up a 2 run homer, Bogey was the only Astros pitcher to not walk a batter.

*Jed Lowrie homered and now leads the team with 10 longballs.

*The top of the order had a rough night. Schafer went 0 for 3 with 3 K's. Altuve went 0 for 4 with 2 K's.

*The Astros sported a very unpleasant 13:2 K:BB ratio.

Turning Point:

Although it was starting to get out of hand for the Astros already, the 7 run 7th really finished them off.

Man of the Match:

Jed Lowrie went 2 for 4 and hit his team leading 10th homerun of the year.

Goat of the Game:

The pitching staff as a whole.

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