If Colorado had managed to win this game, it would have been a serious BABIP Luck Dragon victory. Of the Rockies' 12 hits in this one, only DJ LeMahieu's 3rd inning double was hit hard. The other 11 hits were a motley collection of seeing eye singles, infield hits, and bloopers. Five Rockies had 2 hits on the night, and 4 of them were among the top 5 hitters in the lineup. Heck, if Dexter Fowler weren't bunting with runners on 1st and 3rd and nobody out in the 5th, they might have pulled it out. After all, it seemed like every ground ball was finding a hole.
It appeared like Lady Luck was on the Rockies' side in this one, but all good things must come to an end, and this nice winning streak was certainly one of them. Still, this game was much more enjoyable to watch than many of the others that preceded it in 2012.
Outside of a mammoth Giancarlo Stanton homer and a high flyball off the bat of Jose Reyes that barely escaped Carlos Gonzalez's glove for a 3 run homer, the Marlins didn't muster much offense in the game. Besides the Reyes homer, Jeff Francis pitched 5 decent innings, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits, striking out 3. Josh Roenicke had an outing to forget in relief, first allowing the Stanton bomb and then two doubles to bring around the go-ahead run.
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All afternoon the doom-and-gloom Royals Review crowd was getting their panties in a bunch over Ned's lineup tinkering, shuffling Alex Gordon out of the leadoff spot and replacing him with Chris "Chris Sale-killer" Getz. Well I think you all owe Ned an apology. Yes, Chris Getz went 0-3 in the leadoff spot, and yes, Alex Gordon went 0-4 in the #3 spot in the lineup, but the only stat you nerds should concentrate is WINS and LOSSES. The Royals were victorious. Do you know why? They scored first! This logic is unassailable!
It also might have helped that the Royals flexed up and hit the ball out of the ballpark. Lorenzocaine hit a solo home run in the second (the first run of the game! Victory was locked up then!). Billy Boy slammed another one in the sixth. But it was Sal Perez smashing a two-run double in the seventh, his second hit of the game, to put the good guys on top for good. Sal is looking like such an impressive player right now. We're all kind of at the edge of our seat wondering how the Royals are going to screw this one up.
Luis Mendoza lowered his ERA to 4.26. He is now 24th in the league in ERA (min. 100 IP), ahead of guys like Max Scherzer, Dan Haren, Yu Darvish, Josh Beckett, and Jon Lester. Luis allowed just four hits, walked one, and most surprisingly struck out six batters. BELIEVE.
Oh, and the rumor is Johnny Giavotella has been promoted from Omaha. So, happy Fridays all around.
Tonight, the Astros lost to the Diamondbacks by a score of 3 to 1. The game featured a nice but squandered start by Dallas Keuchel, another Jose Altuve multi-hit game (plus some really great defensive plays by the 2nd-baseman), a sac fly by Tyler Greene to score Marwin Gonzalez, and a few cheap runs scratched through by the Diamondbacks.
But I was mentioned by name on the TV broadcast, and that made my week. Thanks to the awesome FS Houston team for the shout-out!
I am feeling particularly lazy tonight, so tonight's recap will be brought to you by the readers of The Crawfish Boxes.
Strong start by the Astros faithful.
Goldschmidt vs. soft tossin’ LHP…..don’t like the match up for the Stros.
Keuchel wins with K. So it’s a good top of first.
clack speaketh of Arizona rookie leftie Wade Miley. This season Miley's ERA is 3.02 and his FIP backs his success up. So the Astros hitters should try to take advantage of any fortunate situations they come upon.
Then, Steve Pearce lined it right to Johnson at Third.
Well that’s poor luck.
LD single to CF by JMax….bases loaded.
Followed by an infield fly by Ben Francisco. Suddenly two outs...c'mon Astros!
campaigning to get your comments featured, huh?
Argh...the Astros leave the bases loaded..
Barnes rolls the ball to 2d….hmm, that sounds familiar.
Sounded like they were interviewing him for the job of Astros manager next year.
First major league hit by a guy with facial hair who they say is Dallas Keuchel.
Nothing exciting happened in the top, and that's a good thing. Keuchel has a no-hitter through three. And in the bottom, nothing happened. I got no comments worth copy/pasting here. I am sad.
In case any reader is wondering what happened in the game so far, the answer is nothing. Still 0-0. A few singles but not much action.
We all know how CJ has no range! Lets Bunt every play!
Moving right along. The game is nice and quick so far. I'm ok with a 1-0 Astros win. I need sleep.
With this team drinking is allowed..
Bummer. Safety squeeze scores a diamondback from 3rd.
Astros 0 Diamondbacks 1
Followed by a long double by Chris Young. Astros 0 Diamondbacks 2
In the bottom, Marwin Gonzalez hits a double to right, then Altuve advances him with an infield single.
Another multi hit game for altuve!
What the heck kind of pitch selection is this to Tyler Greene?
Result is a sac fly to center. Astros 1 Diamondbacks 2
For me: April 4th, 1995. Busta’: May 6, 1995.
You guys are so lucky that you barely remember the 90’s.
Los Angeles riots.
The sixth ends with two Astros left on base.
I refrained from asking orangeblood kid the obvious question, which is, "How?"
Wow! Fantastic diving play on a liner by Jose Altuve. Saves a run and now there are two outs with men on 2nd and 3rd. Keuchel coming out after 6-2/3 IP and only 2 ER (so far). A very nice outing by Keuchel.
I want to grow my own peanuts.
Now we know!
According to Brita, the United States generates enough plastic bottles to stretch 4,611,534,650 Altuves.
And Fernando Rodriguez makes an absolutely terrible catch to end the inning with no damage done. Keuchel has a Game Score of 56.34. Very nice.
CHRIS JUST GOT A SHOUT OUT ZOMG! HE IS FAMOUS!
Thanks, Greg! [Lucas]
So that is you? I was wondering.
Yeah! I just tweeted that to him
Holy @#$* they just quoted me on TV
Best thing EVER
I can’t watch tonight.
"The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year." - Mark Twain
He was talking about a study about how athletes perform their best when eating kiwis and strawberries. I replied that somebody should have told Melky Cabrera that.
Goldschmidt just doubles in a run, but I don't care because my name was said on TV. Astros 3 Diamondbacks 1.
Actually, that sums this game up really well.
Two pitchers developed by Los Angeles area farm systems square off. Eovaldi was traded by the Dodgers to the Marlins with others for Hanley Ramirez, Chatwood was received by the Rockies from the Angels in exchange for Chris Iannetta. Are the Angels and Dodgers that much better at developing pitchers than the two 1993 expansion teams that the latter have to outsource to them for their leftovers? It seems that way...
Saturday, Aug 18, 2012, 6:10 PM MDT
Partly cloudy. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.