Astros Lose Game Four and Series to Cinci, Waste Good Start By Hampton

Jason CardwellCorrespondent IApril 20, 2009

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 13:  Carlos Lee #45 of the Houston Astros strikes out during the Opening Day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on April 13, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Reds 4, Astros 3

Mike Hampton pitched six plus innings, giving up three earned.

Geoff Geary came in for Mike Hampton, with a runner on second in the top of the seventh, and proceeded to give up a single and a walk to load the bases for Joey Votto.

Tim Byrdak was brought in to face Votto and gave up a two-run double. Bourn, Blum, and Rodriguez teamed up to gun down Hairston at the plate, preventing him from scoring on the double as well.

Houston had a great opportunity to tie the ball game in the bottom of the eighth, with Berkman at the plate and runners at first and third, following a lead-off double by Jason Michaels and a walk by Miguel Tejada.

Berkman couldn't come through and eventually Hunter Pence was struck out on a called third strike to end the inning with the bases loaded. Pence is 0-4 this year with the bases loaded.

  • Matsui 1-3, K, sac bunt.
  • Tejada 0-3, BB, GIDP
  • Berkman 1-4, HR, 1 RBI, 1 R
  • Lee 1-3, HR, BB, 1 RBI, 1 R
  • Pence 2-4, K, R, 4 LOB
  • Blum 3-4
  • Rodriguez 1-4, RBI, GIDP
  • Bourn 1-4, K
  • Hampton 0-2
  • Michaels 1-1, 2B

Pitching line:

  • Hampton 6.1 IP, 8 H, BB, 5K, 3 ER
  • Geary 0.0 + IP, 1 H, BB, 1 ER
  • Byrdak .2 IP, 1 H, 1K
  • LaHawk 1 IP, BB, HBP, K
  • Valverde 1 IP, K


Good news

Berkman and Lee each hit homers, Berkmans first from the left side. Mike Hampton pitched six strong innings.

Bad news

Houston has managed to blow three-out-of-four great starts from their starting pitching. The club continues to struggle with RISP. Hunter Pence left four on tonight and Berkman failed to bring home a gimme RBI. Geary is not pitching well right now either, earning his second loss tonight.

Geary (0-2)
Arroyo (3-0)

Houston (4-9)