Sunday, August 18, 2013

From the Office of the County Clerk - G122: Astros @ Angels

Dallas Keuchel (5-7, 4.97) vs Garrett Richards (3-5, 4.04)

Friggin' goatpen. Friggin' Josh Hamilton. Astros lose 6-5 in 10 on a Hamilton walkoff HR. Shockingly, they're now assured of their fifth straight losing season, at 40-82 overall.

On the Mound:

*Dallas Keuchel was not at his best tonight, exiting after walking the first two batters to start the 5th. His line was 4 IP / 8 H / 4 R / 4 ER / 3 BB / 1 K, but he still left the game with a 5-4 lead.

*Philip Humber made it through 2.2 IP without giving up a hit or a run, but his fatal mistake was walking Mike Trout in the 7th. Trout stole second, then when Humber finally did give up a single to Erick Aybar, Trout slid home safely as Jason Castro dropped Robbie Grossman's throw.

*Kevin Chapman faced one batter - Hamilton - and got him to fly to right.

*Josh Zeid allowed only a single in pitching a scoreless 8th.

*Then, Josh Fields. He erased a leadoff single in the 9th with a double play to maintain the 5-5 tie, then got Aybar to start the 10th before... Hamilton.

At the Plate:

*Houston out-hit the Angels 14-12, and out-hit themselves from the previous game 14-13, for whatever that isn't worth.

*Brett Wallace had himself a fine day, going 3 for 5 with a 2-run HR (#10), 3 RBI, and 2 K.

*Robbie Grossman also went 3 for 5, with 2 K and a run scored.

*Chris Carter had a RBI double to go 2 for 4 with a K.

*L.J. Hoes was 2 for 4 with a run scored, and is now hitting .304 in 15 games (56 AB) as an Astro.

*Jose Altuve (1 for 5, K) and Jonathan Villar (1 for 4, 2 K) each had a single and scored a run apiece.

*Matt Dominguez and Brandon Barnes each went 1 for 4.

Turning Point:

Josh Fields v. Josh Hamilton.

Man of the Match:

Brett Wallace, setting a new career high for HR in the big leagues.

Goat of the Game:

Dallas Keuchel. The bullpen was actually less awful than Kid Keuchy tonight.