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Houston Astros Opening Day Recap: Carlos Zambrano Outduels Roy Oswalt

NEW YORK - AUGUST 22:  Roy Oswalt #44 of the Houston Astros pitches against the New York Mets on August 22, 2008 at Shea Stadium in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Jason CardwellCorrespondent IApril 6, 2009

Houston loss today's contest against the Chicago Cubs 4-2 as Carlos Zambrano pitched just over 6 innings giving up only earned run and striking out six. 

Roy Oswalt went seven innings and gave up three earned runs including a leadoff home run by Alfonso Soriano, his 50th lead-off dinger, and another home run by Aramis Ramirez to lead off the second inning.

Houston struggled at the plate, logging eight hits but none for extra bases.  Michael Bourn hit an infield single in the seventh to score Miguel Tejada.  Hunter Pence hit a sac fly in the ninth that also scored Tejada, who scored both of the Astros runs.

Matsui 1-3, BB
Rodriguez 0-4, 2K
Berkman 1-2, 2BB
Lee 0-4, GIDP
Tejada 3-4, K, CS, 2 R
Blum 1-3, BB
Pence 0-3, RBI, GIDP, K
Bourn 2-4, K

Good news: Roy pitched pretty well and hopefully will probably settle down on the home run tip.  I doubt Roy is ever going to pitch a no-hitter in his career, because he is such a strikeout/pitch to contact type power pitcher. Also, Bourn was 2-for-4.

Bad news: Pence, Lee, and Rodriguez did not look really good at the plate. I was surprised by how free swinging Pudge is.

Pitching Lines:
Roy Oswalt 7 IP, 3 ER, 2 SO, 1BB (0-1)
Geoff Geary 2 IP, 1 ER, 2 SO, 1 BB

Houston takes on the Cubs again tomorrow at 7:05 with Wandy Rodriguez taking on Ryan Dempster.

Houston 0-1

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