Houston Defeats Cincinnati 4-1 Behind Great Oswalt Performance

Jason CardwellCorrespondent IApril 27, 2009

HOUSTON - APRIL 06:  Pitcher Roy Oswalt #44 of the Houston Astros throws the first pitch to Alfonso Soriano #12 of the Chicago Cubs on Opening Day on April 6, 2009 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Houston 4
Cinci 1

Man, what does a guy gotta do to get a W around here? Apparently be a relief pitcher.

Houston's offense was slumbering aside from a Berkman bomb in the sixth. The O finally woke up in the ninth with three hits and three runs, two singles from Lee and Miggy, respectively, and then a two run double from Hunter Pence, who ended up on third after a fielding error from Jay Bruce.

Hitting Line:
Matsui 1-4, K
Bourn 1-4, 2B, K
Berkman 1-3, HR, RBI, BB, K
Lee 1-4, GIDP, R
Tejada 3-4, R (Guess I was wrong, sorry Coop.)
Pence 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R, K
Blum 0-3, RBI, Sac Fly
Rodriguez 0-4, K
Oswalt 1-3

Pitching Line:
Roy Oswalt
7 IP, 6 H, 2 K, BB, 1 ER
Tim Byrdak
.2 IP, 1 H
Chris Sampson
1.1 IP, 1 H, K, (w)

Good News: Berkman's bomb opposite field is a good sign; however, you will know when Lance is feeling comfortable again when he starts to hit doubles.

Starting pitching was also very good tonight, and our bullpen was great the past two games.

Defensively, the Astros played well, turning three double plays. Hat tip to Pudge Rodriguez, who made two great plays coming out from behind the dish to throw runners out at first.

Bad News: Our offense was non-existent until the top of the ninth. It would be nice if the offense could produce with some consistency and get our starting pitching more wins.

Chris Sampson W (2-0)

Houston has Wandy Rodriguez, who has been great so far this season, on the bump to take on Aaron Harrang tomorrow in game two of this three game series.

Houston 8-12
Cinci 10-9