Thursday, August 15, 2013

From the Office of the County Clerk - G120: Astros @ Athletics

Erik Bedard (3-8, 4.28) vs Sonny Gray (0-1, 1.80)

Welp. Two outta three ain't bad. A blown call at first on the first Oakland batter set the table for an early 3-0 hole, and Nate Freiman continued killing the team that waived him in spring training, going 4 for 4 today with 4 RBI. But Houston's offense never escaped the deep freeze anyway, and the Astros dropped the series finale 5-0. They head south to Anaheim at 39-81 overall.

On the Mound:

*Erik Bedard returned to the site of his biggest disaster start this season, and while he wasn't disastrous again, he also wasn't at all very good. Line: 4.2 IP / 7 H / 5 R / 5 ER / 4 BB / 4 K.

*Lucas Harrell built on his scoreless outing last night with 3.1 very effective innings today, allowing only two hits and a walk while keeping Oakland off the board again.

At the Plate:

*Robbie Grossman was riding high after his game saving grab last night, going 2 for 4 with 2 K today.

*Jonathan Villar (1 for 3) and Marc Krauss (1 for 4, 2 K) had a double apiece.

*Carlos Corporan was 1 for 3 with a walk from the cleanup spot.

*Chris Carter was the only other Astro to reach, going 0 for 3 with a walk.

Turning Point:

Chris Young led off the Oakland 1st with a grounder to short, and Villar appeared to beat him with the throw, but he was called safe anyway. Jed Lowrie followed promptly with a RBI double, then a walk and a K later, Nate Freiman drove in two more. That made it 3-0 before two outs were recorded, and the Astros were officially done.

Man of the Match:

Uh. Robbie Grossman?

Goat of the Game:

Erik Bedard. Hope the potential trade partners weren't watching.