Houston Defeats Cubs 3-2: Jeff Keppinger Extra Inning Walk Off

Jason CardwellCorrespondent IApril 7, 2009

HOUSTON - APRIL 07:  Pitcher Wandy Rodriguez #51 of the Houston Astros tips his hat to the crowd after leaving the game against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 7, 2008 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

In a game that started with great pitching from Wandy Rodriguez and Ryan Dempster, the game was decided long after each player left the game. 

J-Kepp hit a walk-off bases-loaded single in his first at-bat, driving in Pudge Rodriguez.

Hunter Pence homered for his first hit of the game and finished 2-for-3.  Kazuo Matsui added a triple.


Lineup

Matsui 1-3, 3B, SB, CS, BB
Rodriguez 1-4, BB, R, 3K
Berkman 1-4, BB, 2K
Lee 0-4, GIDP
Tejada 1-3, 2BB
Blum 2-4
Pence 2-3, BB, HR, RBI
Bourn 1-4, RBI
Michaels 0-1
Keppinger 1-1, RBI
Erstad 0-1, K


Pitching

Great performance from Wandy Rodriguez
6 IP, 4 hits, 1 earned run, 4 K (3 were Soriano), 3 BB

Samspon
1 IP, 0 hits, 0 earned runs, 0 K, 0 BB

Hawkins
1 IP, 2 hits, 1 HR, 1 earned run, 1 K, 0 BB

Valverde
1 IP, 0 hits, 0 earned runs, 2 K, 0 BB

Byrdak
2/3 IP, 0 hits, 0 earned runs, 2 K, 0 BB

Brocail
1/3 IP, 0 hits, 0 earned runs, 0 K, 0 BB


Good performance for the Houston pitchers tonight. Aside from Hawkins dinger to Soriano, Wan-Rod shut down the Cubs, including striking out Soriano three times. 

Brocail gets the win.


Good News

Houston is back at .500 with good pitching and a walk-off base-knock from Jeff Keppinger.

Atta’boy J-Kepp!

Bad News: Pudge struck out three times, and Lee is still o'fer on the season with two GIDP.

Houston wil play Chicago again tomorrow at 7:05 central to determine who takes the series.

Ted Lilly (0-0) V. Brian Moehler (0-0)