Lucas Harrell (6-15, 5.69) vs Bartolo Colon (14-6, 2.90)
Bad news: Paul Clemens was a late scratch due to a blister, so Lucas Harrell got the start today. Good news: No more games against Oakland this season! The results were predictably bad, but at least they're done with the A's until 2014 - Astros lose 7-2, and head north to Seattle for their final West Coast series of the season at 47-96 overall.
On the Mound:
*Once upon a time, I really liked Lucas Harrell, and he looked like a genius waiver claim. Those days are long gone now, and now he's pitching like you'd expect a waiver claim to pitch. A 7-run 3rd was far more than the Astros could overcome today, and all seven runs were earned with two outs. Line: 3 IP / 7 H / 7 R / 7 ER / 2 BB / 2 K.
*Erik Bedard, on the other hand, pitched like a guy who should have been granted the spot start - only 2 H and 2 BB allowed over 4 IP scoreless.
*Jorge De Leon allowed 2 H and got a K in his one scoreless inning.
At the Plate:
*The Astros actually jumped out to a very quick lead in this one, when Jonathan Villar (1 for 5, 2 K) led off the game with a single...
*...then Jose Altuve (1 for 4, K) followed immediately with a RBI double.
*L.J. Hoes had a fine day, going 2 for 2 with 2 BB, a run scored, and two fine plays in RF.
*Brandon Barnes got the other RBI on a single in the 7th, going 1 for 4 with a K.
*Trevor Crowe was 1 for 4 with a 2B, a SB, and 2 K.
*Marc Krauss (1 for 3, K) and Matt Pagnozzi (1 for 4) also had hits.
*It's worth noting that Bo Porter was ejected for the second time this series, evidently due to arguing after umpire Hunter Wendelstedt broke up a mound conference in the bottom of the 5th.
Oakland alternated singles and lineouts to start the bottom of the 3rd, putting two on with two out, then Harrell's train jumped the tracks. A double-single-walk-single-homer later, and his 1-0 lead became a 7-1 grave the Astros could not climb out of.
Man of the Match:
Erik Bedard. He showed some ability out of the pen early in the season, and he showed that again today.
Goat of the Game: