Thursday, June 20, 2013

From the Office of the County Clerk: G74 - Astros v. Brewers

Yovani Gallardo (6-6, 4.41) vs Lucas Harrell (5-7, 4.48)

CARLOS PENA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In what was a very ugly game for both sides for 9 and a half innings, Carlos Pena made sure it ended on a beatiful note for Houston. Three unearned runs on two Astros errors in the 2nd ultimately wouldn't matter, as Carlos Pena delivered a walk-off three-run homer in the 10th, sending Houston north to Wrigley with a happy 7-4 final. The Astros take the series from Milwaukee 2-1, and improve to 28-46 overall.

On the Mound:

*Lucas Harrell had to record the third out of the 2nd inning three times, due to Houston errors. If not for that, he'd have been able to go deeper today, but instead he was out after 97 pitches with a 5.1 IP / 5 H / 4 R / 1 ER / 0 BB / 3 K line.

*Wesley Wright wrapped up the 6th and started the 7th, turning in a scoreless 1 IP with a walk.

*Jose Cisnero is a wizard. He escaped runners on first and third with one out in the 7th, and a runner on 3rd with no outs in the 8th, all without allowing a run while fanning 3 in 1.2 IP.

*Jose Veras did his own escape act, allowing a leadoff single in the 9th, wild pitching the runner to third after a sac bunt, and still keeping the Brewers off the board.

*Then, AMBRIZ. But it actually turned out okay, and he would ultimately earn the win. Hector walked one and struck out one (!) in a scoreless 10th.

At the Plate:

*Carlos Pena was quiet all day, going 0 for 4 with 2 K before coming up with two on in the 10th, but it only took him one pitch from Michael Gonzalez to make all the difference. Three-run homer for Houston's second walk-off of the season.

*Rough day for Trevor Crowe. He led off the 1st with a double but was thrown out trying for a triple, then left the game with a right shoulder injury in the 6th after hitting the wall hard trying to catch a Jonathan Lucroy home run. He did get a RBI FC in between, finishing his day 1 for 3.

*Matt Dominguez, on the other hand, had a great day. He went 3 for 4 with 2 doubles, a RBI, a run scored, and gunned down the Brewers' potential go-ahead run at the plate in the 9th.

*Carlos Corporan came up huge in the 8th, knocking a solo HR (5) off the Chick-Fil-A pole in right, which tied the game at 4. Corp finished 1 for 4 with 2 K.

*Jose Altuve went 1 for 5 with 2 K, but more notably committed a pair of errors in the field, the first of which cost the Astros a run in the 2nd.

*Justin Maxwell made it back-to-back errors with Altuve in the 2nd, dropping a fly ball to cost Houston two more runs. He was hitless at 0 for 3, but did also walk and score a run.

*Jason Castro upped his hitting streak to 7 games, going 1 for 4 with a BB and a K.

*J.D. Martinez had a very timely double in the 10th, finishing 1 for 5 with 2 R and 2 K.

*Marwin Gonzalez was likewise hitless at 0 for 4, but also had a RBI on a fielder's choice.

*Josh Fields - of all people - actually scored the winning run, after pinch running for Carlos Corporan in the 10th.

Turning Point:

Milwaukee brought in Michael Gonzalez to start the 10th, and Gonzalez started by striking out Jason Castro. He actually struck out Carlos Corporan next, too, but the third strike was wild, so Corporan reached first safely. J.D. Martinez followed one pitch later with a double to right, moving Corporan over to third. Then Josh Fields pinch-ran for Corporan, but it wouldn't matter, as one pitch more and Carlos Pena sent us all home happy.

Man of the Match:

Carlos Pena! Because WALK-OFF.

Goat of the Game:
Justin Maxwell. Altuve had two separate errors, but Maxwell's one cost the Astros two runs.