Wednesday, August 1, 2012

From the Office of the County Clerk: G106 - Astros @ Brewers


Jordan Lyles (2-7, 5.54) vs Mike Fiers (4-4, 1.77)

So... Brett Wallace had himself a pretty nice day. Jose Altuve is still hitting .300, and Xavier Cedeno pitched a perfect 8th. Pretty much everything else was completely disastrous for the Astros, and Milwaukee completes the sweep with a 13-4 score. At 35-71, Houston is tied with themselves at this point one year ago.

*Jordan Lyles was a victim of some bad defense early on, but he quickly became a victim of himself after that. His line today: 5 IP / 9 H / 9 R / 7 ER / 2 BB / 3 K. Fernando Rodriguez gave up a Ryan Braun solo shot in the 6th. Francisco Cordero is really and truly awful (but we knew that already), as he gave up another three runs in one inning of work, raising his 18.00 ERA with Houston to a shiny 19.80. Only Xavier Cedeno had a decent turn atop the mound today.

Observations:

*Brett Wallace did indeed have himself a pretty nice day, launching two home runs good for three RBI, finishing 3 for 4. It was his first career 2 HR game.

*Jose Altuve went 1 for 5 with a 3rd-inning single that drove in Houston's other run.

*Marwin Gonzalez did also go 2 for 3, and Ben Francisco went 1 for 4 with a double.

*No Astro drew a walk in today's game.

*The defense was just as awful as the pitching, committing four errors. That included two by 3B Scott Moore in the first inning alone, one by Brian Bogusevic in the 2nd, and one by Jose Altuve in the 4th.

Turning Point:

The score was a reasonable 3-2 Milwaukee midway through the 5th, in spite of all the early errors, but that's when things completely fell apart for Jordan Lyles and the Astros. Two singles were followed by what appeared to be a blown safe call on a steal at third base by Nyjer Morgan, then another single by Braun made it 5-2. A wild pitch, a double, and a pair of homers would up the score to 9-2 before the inning was over.

Man of the Match:

Brett Wallace. Proving why he belongs in Houston, rather than OKC.

Goat of the Game:

Jordan Lyles. Sorry, son, but you're gonna lose if you give up 9 runs.

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