8-11-12 (@ Houston)
I was pretty lazy on Saturday and after finishing up the blog post for Friday I watched some of the PGA Championship on TV. I left Annie’s place at 4:40 and it took me about 25 minutes to walk the mile and a half to Minute Maid Park. After getting my ticket from will call I went inside and headed straight for the upper deck. I had a nearby Astros fan take game photo number 112 . Only 50 games remain! I wish it would have been cool enough to have the roof open because it would’ve made for a much better view of the Houston skyline.
I got my designated driver soda in the upper deck and also picked up a Chicago style hot dog. By the time I got down to my seat the game was about to start so I waited until after the top of the first to eat. It was quite messy and I’m amazed that I managed to not spill anything on myself.
This was the first pitch of the game from my seat in section 110 (a strike from Keuchel to Aoki):
The Astros scored twice in the bottom of the 1st but the Brewers came back with two of their own in the top of the 2nd. The second of those two runs was driven in when Lucroy hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield, scoring Hart. See if you can find the baseball in the picture below (I promise it’s there):
The Astros answered with two in the bottom of the 3rd and captured their 2-run lead right back. In the top of the 5th the Brewers had runners on 1st and 3rd with two outs. Aoki stepped to the plate and brought both Lucroy and Segura home to tie the game at four:
The Astros wasted no time and got the lead back in the bottom of the 5th when Tyler Greene led off the inning with a solo home run. In the 7th inning Kameron Loe came into the game and pitched for the Brewers. For the second out he got Altuve to ground out weakly to Segura. The pitch had jammed Altuve and Loe broke his bat, which helicoptered and embedded itself near the pitchers mound.
At one point a Chick-fil-A cow came down the aisle next to me and started throwing t-shirts into the crowd. I caught one and should have just given it away right then and there. I will be doing so tomorrow because I won’t be wearing it.
The game remained 5-4 Astros going into the top of the 9th. Rickie Weeks led off the inning and lined the 6th pitch he saw into the left centerfield gap. Here he is pulling into 2nd base:
Lucroy singled and Segura grounded out, driving in Weeks on the play. Even though Lucroy was at second base with only one out the Brewers failed to score the go-ahead run. Henderson came on to pitch the bottom of the 9th and he looked dominant, striking out all three batters he faced, using only 13 pitches in the process. The Brewers did not score in the top of the 10th and Henderson came back out for the bottom half. Altuve singled to open the frame and then Henderson walked both Gonzalez and Pearce, loading the bases with nobody out. The Astros had about an 88% chance of scoring a run in that situation, so it was looking bleak. Roenicke had Braun come in and play the infield:
This is what the whole infield looked like:
I’m always in favor of teams bringing in one of the outfielders in situations like this. If you’re going to get beat it should at least be on a ball that is well hit and not a ball that just trickles through the infield. It didn’t matter this time though because Scott Moore singled to left, and that was that.
Astros win. Final Score: Astros 6 – Brewers 5. It was another tough loss, and it’s getting old. All I can do is keep heading to the games and keep hoping for the best. Afternoon game on Sunday, then it’s off to Denver on Monday morning.
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