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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.

First Inning:

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:

He hit 96 twice, or thrice.

by ccislanders on Aug 24, 2012 4:26 PM PDT

I didn't believe it until it was corroborated by Jimbo:

Jordan Lyles

Had a good first inning. Hit 96 mph on one of his fastballs. Nice to see the velocity up.

by jimbo0488 on Aug 24, 2012 4:30 PM PDT

If Lyles can consistently throw in the mid- upper-90's, he's suddenly a lot more interesting. And as MadMartygan says:

I’m still on the bandwagon. He’s 3 months older than Kevin Gausman.

by MadMartygan on Aug 24, 2012 4:28 PM PDT

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.

Second Inning:

[Astros' Catcher Chris] Snyder’s a huffin and a puffin

by ASTROnomical on Aug 24, 2012 4:35 PM PDT

I’m tired just watching him

by doorknob47 on Aug 24, 2012 4:35 PM PDT

Score Astros 1 Mets 0


RBI double!!! Nice swing

by jimbo0488 on Aug 24, 2012 4:35 PM PDT

I was about to call a Lyles hit, but thought don’t be stupid. Just goes to show you, go ahead and say dumb things.

by doorknob47 on Aug 24, 2012 4:37 PM PDT

Score Astros 2 Mets 0

I think Lyles should be hitting in the 4 hole.

makes about as much sense as francisco

by Carter Liles on Aug 24, 2012 4:40 PM PDT

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:

Awesome double play, grumpy old men leering at us

by ralph1933 on Aug 24, 2012 4:50 PM PDT

Third Inning:

Kicking off the Third with some optimism!

My 100th post. WE ARE GOING TO WIN!

by ASTROnomical on Aug 24, 2012 4:51 PM PDT

New York wearing "Los Mets" uniforms

NY Post headline tomorrow may read "Loss Mets"

by Joe in Birmingham on Aug 24, 2012 4:52 PM PDT

Brett Wallace is unable to play first base because of his in ability to read balls of the bat and the fact that he waddles like a penguin with jock itch. Niese looked like he had a sports hernia swing at strike three. Oh look the astros made it through an inning without the Benny Hill theme needed

by orangeblood kid on Aug 24, 2012 5:02 PM PDT

3 up 3 down

ground out to second
Ground out to short

by Joe in Birmingham on Aug 24, 2012 5:03 PM PDT

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!

Fourth Inning:

Chris Snyder five game hit streak

looks like Armageddon has come early this year!

by orangeblood kid on Aug 24, 2012 5:10 PM PDT

Of course I love Chris Perry, and CRPerry13.

by ccislanders on Aug 24, 2012 5:12 PM PDT

You know, my wife read my recap last week. She asked me about you.

by CRPerry13 on Aug 24, 2012 5:13 PM PDT


Has to be the unluckiest person when it comes to foul pole homers

by jimbo0488 on Aug 24, 2012 5:13 PM PD

Score Astros 2 Mets 1.

Inning unraveling for Lyles

HR, Walk and HBP

Almost a HBP on the walk too

by Joe in Birmingham on Aug 24, 2012 5:22 PM PDT

I am in

Mike Fast ‏@fastballs
Proposed by my kids: bike baseball. The batter bats and courtesy "runner" bikes around the bases. Outfielders are also equipped with bikes.

by orangeblood kid on Aug 24, 2012 5:23 PM PDT

Fifth Inning:

Lyles got his act back together, put on his big boy pants and got out of the fifth three up three down

by ralph1933 on Aug 24, 2012 5:37 PM PDT

Sixth Inning:

So, who's ready for Fernando Abad?

I know I am not.

by ccislanders on Aug 24, 2012 5:45 PM PDT

Jimmy Paredes rbi single

He’s 2-2!

by ccislanders on Aug 24, 2012 5:47 PM PDT

Oops, wrong game!

What a throw by Pearce to gun down Wright! 2 outs

by linkxmalon on Aug 24, 2012 5:50 PM PDT

Pearce just nailed Wright, who hit a ball off the wall and then tried to run to 2nd, but was lasered.

by ccislanders on Aug 24, 2012 5:50 PM PDT

Seventh Inning:

GREENE homer off da deck!

Astros, Belmont, 'Bama and Corpus Christi.

by ccislanders on Aug 24, 2012 5:54 PM PDT

Tylers in his GREENE ZONE!

by ASTROnomical on Aug 24, 2012 5:54 PM PDT

Attention Chris

Lyles taken out before he blows up!

by nobody23 on Aug 24, 2012 5:57 PM PDT

Awww, what kind of an attitude is that? Score Astros 3 Mets 1.

Eighth Inning:

Mets’ bullpen is actually worse than the Astros’.

Mets’ bullpen ERA is 30th at 5.06.
Astros’ bullpen ERA is 29th at 4.80.

by clack on Aug 24, 2012 6:18 PM PDT

YES! The season is a success after all!

by CRPerry13 on Aug 24, 2012 6:19 PM PDT

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:

ROBBIE GROSSMAN 2 RUN HOMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by ccislanders on Aug 24, 2012 6:41 PM PDT

Finally, Wilton Lopez gets us into the ninth. There never was any threat, but that inning was interminably long.

heres your inning recap

F-rod is worse at throwing strike than a blind sloth with back issues, luckily the mets hitters are big enough idiots to swing at the first pitches. David Wright comes up. I immediately go hide in the corner. Hoping it will end soon luckily it does

by orangeblood kid on Aug 24, 2012 6:51 PM PDT

Ninth Inning:

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.