Bud Norris did everything he could to make sure the Astros won this game. He threw seven superb innings, striking out eight while walking four and giving up two hits. He hasn't won since July but he has pitched well enough to win those games.
Fernando Rodriguez did everything he could to make sure the Astros won this game. After giving up that triple to Juan Rivera (that Bourgeois almost got to), Rodriguez loaded the bases with two walks, leaving himself little margin for error in the ninth inning. He struck out Tony Gwynn, Jr. and got a blooper out of Jamey Carroll, throwing home for the force out. He then induced a grounder out of Aaron Miles to end the frame without allowing the Dodgers to score. That's two innings for Rodriguez of excellent work.
While I'd like to fall back on the tried and true "Houston can't hit pitchers the first time they see them" excuse for what Eovaldi did, I just can't. After all, all of these minor leaguers are seeing pitchers for the first time. J.D. Martinez and Jose Altuve don't know the difference between Eovaldi and Hiroki Kuroda, so why should that affect this lineup? No, this was just a great performance from the kid from Alvin. A tip of the cap to him.
Do you blame David Carpenter? After all the excellent pitching on display in this one, he had a subpar 10th inning. He didn't give up a ton of runs, nor did he groove a pitch to someone for a walkoff home run. He just gave up dinks and dunk hits, having the game-winner drop in down the first base line, giving J.B. Shuck no hope of getting to it or throwing out Casey Blake at home.
Houston is in a stretch right now where it's playing a bunch of really bad teams. They'll probably be a lot more competitive than we've seen this season, but I can also see them losing some more games like this one. All we can do is go into Saturday hoping to erase this slight tai