HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 19: Tony DeFrancesco is introduced as the interim manager of the Houston Astros during a press conference at Minute Maid Park on August 19, 2012 in Houston, Texas. DeFrancesco replaces Brad Mills who was relieved of his duties after the August 18, 2012 loss to Arizona. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Tonight, Astros' interim skipper and New York native Tony DeFrancesco earned his first win as a major league manager. The Astros toppled the Mets by a score of 3-1 on 6 hits, including a long homer by Tyler Greene in the Seventh. Chris Snyder went 2 for 3 with a walk. Jordan Lyles pitched a wonderful game, with only one earned run on three hits in six innings. For most of his outing, his fastball was hovering in the mid-90's with some mean bite, sometimes topping at 96 mph, though the radar gun was questioned by the FSN Houston TV crew.
For me, this was a special night, as it was only the second win that I've had the privilege of recapping. The Astros now sit at 40 wins, which is one more than the 39 wins they had this morning. Every one counts.
Once again, I used my favorite comments from TCB readers to tell the story of tonight's game.
Due to the game thread not posting on the home page until the inning was almost over, I didn't get many comments to use, alas. I did get this gem from ccislanders though, about Astros' starting pitcher Jordan Lyles:
I didn't believe it until it was corroborated by Jimbo:
If Lyles can consistently throw in the mid- upper-90's, he's suddenly a lot more interesting. And as MadMartygan says:
Kevin Gausman, a pitcher from my alma mater, was just chosen in the top 10 of the 2012 draft. Lyles has been in professional baseball for years.
Score Astros 1 Mets 0
Score Astros 2 Mets 0
In the bottom of the second, the Astros got a non-force tag out at home, followed by a really nice double play to get Lyles out of the inning unscathed. Ralph is at the game in New York, and is providing us with first hand observation:
Kicking off the Third with some optimism!
Interesting that the three replies were A) homer fan answer, B) Sarcastic bitterness (but still my favorite reply), and C) literal. Couldn't have penned a better summary myself. Thanks, all!
Score Astros 2 Mets 1.
Oops, wrong game!
Awww, what kind of an attitude is that? Score Astros 3 Mets 1.
And here's the link to the video!
Painfully, it's been the eight inning for like 45 minutes. So here's a minor league update:
Finally, Wilton Lopez gets us into the ninth. There never was any threat, but that inning was interminably long.
So far in the ninth, nothing has happened except for a conversation on the message board about the fate of Sammy Gervacio, who is apparently pitching well in the Mexican League. Lopez is trying to finish off a four-out save.