HOUSTON TX - JULY 29: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros leaps over Michael McKenry #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates as he attempts to complete a double play against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Minute Maid Park on July 29, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Well, let's see here. Where should we start with the Astros afternoon game with the Brewers? Astros lose, badly, and unfortunately that's been a recurring theme lately in their recent play. I think that it was about this time last year (give or take a month or two) that David wrote an article about how to write about and be a fan of a bad team. After a few minutes of archive diving I found it here. I figured that it may be a good time to revisit that article as the Astros have surely fell on black days lately.
If today was the day you had pegged for the young Jordan Lyles to show signs of turning his season around then like the Astros you are not a winner today. Unfortunately it was more of the same for the righty. He ran into some bad luck in the earl innings of this game and had to pitch out of jam after jam mostly because his defense failed to show up. Despite the bad D he looked like he had a chance to turn in a good outing and keep his team in the game, but then the fifth inning happened. During that inning he experienced some bad luck after every ball put in play seemed to be fallen. Then the weak contact turned into solid contact, and then solid contact turned into homers off the bats of Weeks and Izturis.
When the dust settled Lyles ended with a final line of 5 innings pitched, 9 hits, 9 runs (7 of which were earned), 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, and 2 homeruns allowed. Basically, a very forgettable outing to say the least. If your looking for a bright side Lyles velocity seemed to be a little higher than usual today. He also battled in the early going and picked up his defense by getting out of a few tough jams. Unfortunately that's where the good news ends and it was all down hill from there.
The rest of the pitching staff was as equally uninspiring save Xavier Cedeno who was the only pitcher that was able to escape the Brewer's wrath unscathed. Fernando Rodriguez followed Lyles and allowed 1 run (a homerun) and two hits in his inning of work. Francisco Coredero also gave up a homerun, and also 3 earned runs on 4 hits in his inning of work. Any hope that a change of scenary may fix Cordero's issues this season has vanished.
Offensively speaking besides Brett Wallace their wasn't a whole lot to talk about. Wallace went 3-4 with 3 RBI's in his second game back with the club. He also hit his 3rd and 4th homeruns of the season. Very nice performance by Wally. Marwin Gonzalez was your only other Astro to have a multi-hit game, and Ben Francisco had the only other extra base hit, a double.
In the field, the Astros had a sloppy game. Scott Moore did his best Chris Johnson impersonation and committed two fielding errors. Bogusevic and Altuve also added an error each to the total. Hopefully this will spell the end of Moore at third as there is really no reason to see anymoore of him out there. Brett Wallace isn't known as a glove man, but he should at least get some looks over there to see what he can do.
That's the gist of it today, short and sweet. Feel free to add anything I may have missed in the comments. The Astros get a much needed day off tomorrow before opening a road trip against the Atlanta Braves on Friday. Armando Galarraa will square off against Tim Hudson.