Wednesday, July 18, 2012

From the Office of the County Clerk: G91 - Astros @ Padres


Jordan Lyles (2-5, 5.08) vs Ross Ohlendorf (2-0, 7.41)

The respite was brief. While the Astros' offense matched their scoring output from the previous night's win, their pitching performance did not. Jordan Lyles was bad, Fernando Abad was worse, and it all added up to an 8-2 Astros loss. They drop to 34-57 on the season, but Colorado also lost, so Houston remains 1.5 games back from next-to-last in the league.

*Lyles just didn't have it last night, taking over 100 pitches to get through the first five innings, and never going an inning without allowing at least one hit. He made it through six, but not at all well, posting a 6 IP / 11 H / 5 R / 5 ER / 2 BB / 3 K line. Fernando Abad came on in the 7th and ran into even worse trouble, with an ugly 0.2 IP / 2 H / 3 R / 3 ER / 1 BB / 1 K / 1 HBP line. Enerio Del Rosario hit a batter and got an out to end the 7th, then Rhiner Cruz pitched a scoreless 8th.

Observations:

*Despite walking 9 times the previous night, and facing a pitcher (Ross Ohlendorf) with a 5.29 BB/9 rate coming into the game, the Astros managed only one walk (Bogusevic) this time around.

*They did steal two more bases (Schafer, Gonzalez) on San Diego catcher Yasmani Grandal, who has now caught only one of 17 would-be base stealers in 14 games this season.

*Marwin Gonzalez continues to be a man on fire since returning from the DL, going 3 for 4 with a double and a run scored. It was his third straight multi-hit game, and he's 7 for 12 (.583) over that stretch.

*J.D. Martinez returned to the starting lineup after a night off by going 2 for 4 with a double and a RBI.

*Schafer singled for Houston's only other hit, going 1 for 4 and scoring on a ground out by Carlos Corporan in the 2nd.

*The Astros struck out 12 times as a team, with Scott Moore, Bogusevic, Chris Johnson, and Schafer all fanning twice each.

Turning Point:

The score was tied at two halfway through, as Lyles had been shaky but escaped unscathed in three of four innings up to that point. The wheels really began to come off in the bottom of the 5th, however, when a lead-off fly out was following by four consecutive Padre hits, leading to two more runs and giving them the lead for good.

Man of the Match:

Marwin Gonzalez. While Jeff Luhnow said that the news on Jed Lowrie means they may look for additional help at short, Gonzalez has been nothing but solid on both sides of the ball since he and Lowrie swapped spots on the DL.

Goat of the Game:

Jordan Lyles. With Houston's offensive struggles recently, their pitching needs to pick them up like J.A. Happ did the night before. It didn't happen for Lyles last night.

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