There haven't been four more disappointing members of this roster than Carlos Lee, Nelson Figueroa, Chris Johnson and Brandon Lyon. That's what made Saturday night that much sweeter as all four were key to the Astros 5-3 comeback victory over the San Diego Padres.
Figueroa should have gotten the victory, pitching 6 2/3 innings while allowing six hits, three runs (two earned), two walks and striking out five. He left in the seventh inning and Mark The Shark Melancon got the final out to pick up his first victory of the season.
If Melancon picked up a slightly undeserved victory, Brandon Lyon definitely picked up an undeserved save. Lyon still did what he was supposed to do, not allowing a run to earn his third save of the season. He did give up two hits, however, and made things tough on Astros fans. Luckily, two of his buddies helped out in the outfield, as both Hunter Pence and Carlos Lee made great plays to keep the Padres off the board.
As for Lee, he may not have done much at the plate (1 for 4, run, strikeout), but his defense was excellent for a second straight night. I'm as befuddled by that sentence as you are, believe me. It's too early to know any thing substantial about his defense compared to last season, but he's definitely had some big plays for the Astros out there in left field.
The final piece to this puzzle is Chris Johnson, who returned from missing some time after he was plunked in the elbow by a pitch to hit his first home run of the season. Johnson's two-run home run with two outs in the fourth tied the game at 3. It also gave the Astros a little bit of momentum that saw them score the final four runs of the contest.
Was this a perfect game? Probably not, but it was at least a redemptive one for some members of this Houston team.