That’s not intentional, that is. Which is a good thing. (He also doubled, GIDP on a 3-2 and didn’t screw up with the glove.)
This was not a good game for anyone. Astros left bases loaded in the first and the 9th.
Jose Altuve, who I have been bragging on, gave up 2 runs on an absolutely fer SHER double play and he flew into one (and yes, Schafer WAS out.) And Schafer’s on-base streak is now up to 21 games. There just isn’t anything good to say about ANY hitter this game. I’m also thinking that Jose has been going the other way an awful lot and that teams may be positioning the right fielders to get those balls…
Pitching – well Lucas would have given up 4 runs in 6 or 7 innings if not for the Altuve 2 run thingy, which would still have lost us the game, seeing as how they guys did nothing against Cueto when he was shaky in the first 3 innings.
Good is Wesley Wright coming in and striking out Joey Votto and Jay Bruce and getting Brandon Phillips to popup in the 7th. He was unhittable and his pitches were all working VERY well.
Good is Brandon Lyon getting 3 straight outs, even though it didn’t really matter and was the bottom of the lineup.
Tomorrow is Jordan Lyles’ first start of the year in the bigs. He’s thrown 4 games over 26 IP with 24 H, 1 HR, 4 BB, 24 K, 10 ER, 3.46 ERA, 1.08 WHIP. Of course, that is AAA and this is Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce.
We’re facing Mat Latos, who was previously with the Padres – threw 4 GS against the Astros with a 2.30 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP: 27.1 IP, 16 H, 4 BB, 25 K.
He’s been having difficulty this year – started 4 games, 22 IP, 25 H, 2 HR, 10 BB, 14 K – 5.64 ERA and most of that damage was the 8 ER he gave up vs the Cards over 5.2 IP. Last game, he threw 7 innings of 4 hit 2 walk shutout ball vs the Giants, so he might could be back on track.
Clank will be sitting out again, so it will be Matt Downs at first again, and he looks like the Matt Downs that the Giants didn’t want instead of the guy who shocked the baseball world last year…