Saturday, July 28, 2012

From the Office of the County Clerk: G102 - Astros v. Pirates

Wandy Rodriguez (7-9, 3.79) vs Armando Galarraga (0-0, 0.00)

Et tu, Wandy? Armando "Almost Perfect" Galarraga pitched well in his first Astros start, and Wandy did likewise in his debut on the other side of the line. But Houston's bullpen did them in once more, sending the Astros to a franchise record 12th consecutive loss. 4-3 final, dropping Houston to 34-68 on the year.

*Galarraga gave up a tape-measure home run to the game's second batter (Alex Presley), and a triple to Garrett Jones later in the inning, but he settled in well after that, finishing with this line: 5 IP / 5 H / 3 R / 2 ER / 1 BB / 5 K. Wesley Wright took over for Galarraga in the 6th after a single and a Matt Downs error allowed the first two Pirates to reach. Wright then hit a batter to load the bases, got a double play to nearly escape, but a passed ball by Carlos Corporan let the tying run score. New Astro Chuckie Fick pitched a scoreless 7th, but he left with runners on the corners and no outs in the 8th, in favor of Fernando Rodriguez. F-Rod likewise almost escaped, getting the first two outs, before allowing the RBI single to Rod Barajas that would be the final blow. Wilton Lopez pitched a perfect 9th.


*Jose Altuve had his 36th multi-hit game of 2012, going 2 for 5 with a run scored from the leadoff spot. El Escorpion is 13 for 33 (.394) in the last 8 games.

*Carlos Corporan also continues to swing surprisingly well since getting the call from OKC. He was 2 for 4 with a RBI tonight, raising his batting average to .409 (9 for 22) in 9 games so far.

*Justin Maxwell had a clutch two-out triple in the bottom of the 5th that drove in two runs and gave Houston a 3-2 lead at the time. He'd go 1 for 3 with a run scored and a walk.

*Matt Downs (1 for 4) and Scott Moore (1 for 2) also had hits, while Chris Johnson, J.D. Martinez, Ben Francisco, and Brian Bixler all went hitless but reached on walks.

Turning Point:

The above-mentioned 8th inning. The justification given for Fernando Rodriguez's continued presence on this team is his success in keeping inherited runners from scoring, but for the second night in a row, he was brought in in just such a situation and allowed a run to score both times. As both games were 1-run affairs, that has cost Houston dearly.

Man of the Match:

Justin Maxwell. His clutch hit today, as well as his obvious enthusiasm after reaching third, are both things that this team sorely needs more of right now.

Goat of the Game:

We'll go with the bullpen collectively, excepting Wilton Lopez. Wright, Fick, and Rodriguez all played parts in letting the tying and winning runs score. Toss in Downs and Corporan for their error and passed ball contributions, as well. The Astros could have easily won 4 of their last 5, but the bullpen has made sure that the now-record losing streak continued instead.


Jeff said...

Ok seriously I love your site but enough is enough. Stop complaining about the loses. Do you not understand that Luhnow has explained HE WILL NOT CHASE MAJOR FREE AGENTS UNTIL THE FARM SYSTEM IS BACK AT THE TOP. DO you really want to win 10-20 more games this year even though we all know WE ARE NOT MAKING THE PLAYOFFS??? So you'd rather be where the Phillies are? Currently sitting at the 8th worst record. Also enough with the "Where's Wallace" talk. Bottom line is we want to lose as many games to secure the number one spot in the draft. Get your heads out of your @$$es and learn how baseball works. Follow the plan!!!!. I love your site but seriously grown up and learn how it works

Anonymous said...

Jeff, seriously, we had no idea YOU were THE baseball guru of Houston sports and are the ONLY one that knows how baseball works! We bow down to Your Loftiness and hope you will be kinder to us initiates in the future even as we strive to attain more knowledge. Seriously!

Anonymous said...

It's not a list of complaints, it's a recap of last night's game. Bullpen happens, Jeff! You can't blame AC for that.

Anonymous said...

I suspect Jeff's comment isn't highly disguised sarcasm, but it would make more sense if it where. In fact, call me a fool, but I actually do want to win more games. That is the nature of sports and competition.

Btw, the success of the club in the long term is not a factor of whether they have the 1st or the 3rd pick. Only a shortsighted and naive fool would claim that.

Anonymous said...

unless you can secure possible game changers like Bryce Harper or Starsburg..just saying.

Anonymous said...

I get your point, but by all reports, there is no game changer like that next year.

If Luhnow is really tanking it, he should stop paying lip service to the idea that learning how to win and compete is important for young players. I've heard that a number of times from him this year and it is an concept with a lot of merit.