This was a very important game for Jordan Lyles, if he struggled it could have meant a ticket back to Oklahoma City. Dallas Keuchel pitching well in his two starts has put a lot of pressure on the Astros decision makers regarding the rotation. Bud Norris should be activated by Wednesday so look for a move anytime between tonight and tomorrow.
UPDATE: Six man rotation until All-Star break.
Jordan Lyles made a strong case to stay on the Major League roster. In 6.1 innings he allowed one run on six hits and four walks. He struck out four and allowed a solo homerun to Will Venable. Fernando Abad followed Lyles, finished off the seventh and pitched a perfect eight inning.
David Carpenter came on to pitch the ninth. He got the first batter out, but then allowed the next two batters to reach, prompting Brad Mills to call upon Brett Myers to close out the game. After a sac fly to deep right field that allowed both runners to move up, Myers gave up back to back singles and then a hit by a pitch. This made the game 5-3, but really Myers was just teasing the Padres as he got the next batter to ground out to short. Myers collected his 17th save of the season and 25th completed game (at 45 his option year vests).
Jed Lowrie, Brian Bogusevic, Chris Johnson and Jordan Schafer all reached multiple times. Lowrie collected two hits, one of which was a homerun. The other three each had a hit and a walk. J.D. Martinez contributed a two run homerun to the game.
Chris Johnson collected his 10th error on the year.
WPA Player of the Game
Jed Lowrie .221 WPA
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