Wednesday, August 7, 2013

From the Office of the County Clerk: G112 - Astros vs. Red Sox

Good grief. That, my friends, is how you blow a 5-0 lead. The Astros score double-digit runs for just the sixth time this season, and the pitching staff allows the 2nd-highest run total Boston has put up this season. Red Sox win 15-10.

*The Red Sox' 15 runs were the 3rd-most allowed by the Astros this season (remember the 19-6 beatdown by Cleveland, or the 17-2 shellacking by Detroit?). The Astros are 0-13 when allowing 10+ runs.
*Last night was the first time the Astros had scored 10+ runs and lost since June 26, 2011, when they lost 14-10 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rays.

*Jordan Lyles was, once again, awful. He allowed 9H/8ER, 6K:3BB, WP, HBP in 4.2IP.
*Remember when we all thought he had turned a corner, and in seven starts between May 17-June 18 allowed 38H/8ER, 33K:10BB in 44.2IP? In the eight starts since then he's allowed 62H/39ER, 24K:16BB.
*His 5.40 ERA is at its highest point since May 22.
*Then Dallas Keuchel got in on the act, allowing 3H/4ER, 0K:1BB in 0.2IP. In two games since getting shifted over to the bullpen, he has faced 14 batters, recorded seven outs, allowed five hits, two walks, and five earned runs.
*Even Jose Cisnero made me look stupid for touting him as a future closer, allowing 2H/3ER, 0K:3BB, 2HR in 1IP. He has only gotten four of the last twelve batters he has faced out - allowing five hits and three walks, with no strikeouts.
*But Josh Zeid (3K in 1.2IP) and Chia-Jen Lo (1IP) held the Red Sox to one hit in the final 2.2IP.

*So, typical Astros. When the pitching is great, the offense is bad. When the offense explodes, the pitching couldn't hold a lead in a 30-gallon Rubbermaid bin.
*Robbie Grossman was 2x3 with a walk and 3RBI from the leadoff spot; L.J. Hoes was 2x4 with a triple; Jonathan Villar was 2x2 with an RBI, and Jake Elmore, who replaced Villar was 2x2 with an RBI.
*The 3-4-5 of Altuve, Castro (Corporan), and Krauss went for a combined 1x13 with 5K:2BB, and 0x4 w/RISP. Krauss is now hitting .185/.232/.354.

*Thank God there are only 50 games left.

*Man of the Match: Robbie Grossman
*Goat of the Game: Jordan Lyles