HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 24: Brett Wallace #29 of the Houston Astros is greeted by third base coach Dave Clark #35 after Wallace hit a solo home run in the second inning against the Colorado Rockies at Minute Maid Park on September 24, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Eric Christian Smith/Getty Images)
So again I didn't catch a majority of this game, this time due to College Football. While I wait for the over lords of SB Nation to slap me for watching College Football instead of the Houston Astros whom I cover, I'll recap this game based on extra innings and the box score.
First I asked on twitter what I should know about this game and the only responses I got were that the Astros were in extra's so it appears nothing exciting happened in the first 9 innings. J.A. Happ pitched another solid game going 7 innings and allowing only 2 earned runs. The downside to that is that he only had 5 strikeouts and 4 walks in those 7 innings. After Happ exited 8 relievers were used to cover the remaining 6 innings. The loss would go to Jordan Lyles who lost the game after walking Chris Nelson with the bases loaded in the top of the 13th inning.
One thing I don't like about Mills strategy is that he likes to take out his best options offensively in favor of the double switches. The first one came in the 9th when Matt Downs pinch hit for Brett Wallace. Wallace earlier in the game had broken out of his massive slump by going deep to right center field in the 2nd inning. Downs would ground into a forceout for Wallace and was 0-2 on the night.
The other substitution that left me scratching my head was Jason Bourgeois pinch running for J.D. Martinez in the 9th inning. Now I know that Bourgeois is probably much faster than J.D. Martinez but I think that's canceled out by the fact that Bourgeois would go 0-2 for the rest of the game in the three spot. Martinez up to that point had been 1-3 with a run batted in. This is something I've moaned about before but when the game goes into extra's it seems like Mills hurts the team more than he helps them.
Still the Astros are guaranteed at least a split with the Rockies going into tomorrow's game, but it'd be so much better if they could pull of the rare series win.