National League Game Summary - Arizona at Houston|
(Sunday, August 19th)
Final Score: Arizona 8, Houston 1
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Less than 24 hours after manager Brad
Mills was shown the door, the Astros didn't exactly play with any renewed
vigor in an 8-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the finale of a
three-game series Sunday.
Tony DeFrancesco made his debut as Houston's interim skipper, but was welcomed
to the major leagues rudely as Ian Kennedy (11-10) fanned seven over six
innings of one-run ball. He allowed five hits and struggled with his command
a bit, walking a season-high five, but did enough to snap a personal two-game
"My first major league managerial game, unfortunately, it didn't work out the
way we wanted," DeFrancesco said. "It was an honor. It was an honor to put the
Astro uniform on, to be a part of the organization, and I'm excited to get it
Miguel Montero ripped a two-run single and Aaron Hill added pair of solo home
runs for the Diamondbacks, who have won four consecutive games.
Armando Galarraga (0-4) didn't make it out of the fourth inning as he allowed
five runs on six hits with a pair of walks and a strikeout in 3 2/3 frames.
Jason Castro knocked in the only run for the skidding Astros, who have lost
six of their last seven games. In addition to Mills, the club released hitting
coach Mike Barnett and first base coach Bobby Meachem.
Arizona broke a scoreless deadlock with five runs in the fourth. Hill led off
the frame with a solo shot over the wall in left and it only got worse from
there for Galarraga. Jason Kubel and Paul Goldschmidt ripped back-to-back base
hits and Chris Young singled home Kubel two batters later to widen the lead.
"Goldy (Goldschmidt) has been doing a lot of that lately," Diamondbacks
manager Kirk Gibson said of Goldschmidt's good approach at the plate. "He had
the same type of at-bat against (Cardinals pitcher Jason) Motte in St. Louis.
You want to see guys shorten up with two strikes."
Young and Goldschmidt executed a double steal before Stephen Drew walked to
load the bases. Ryan Wheeler drew a walk to plate Goldschmidt and Kennedy
helped his own cause with a sacrifice fly. Gerardo Parra capped the rally with
an RBI ground-rule double, making it 5-0.
Houston finally cracked the scoreboard with a run in the sixth. Tyler Greene
doubled to start the inning and Brian Bogusevic walked. Kennedy got Brandon
Barnes to ground into a double play, but Castro came up with an RBI single to
cut the deficit to four.
Hill and Goldschmidt walked in the Arizona seventh and both runners scored on
a single up the middle by Montero to widen the margin to 7-1.
Hill put the icing on the cake in the eighth when he got a high fastball and
roped it into the left field Crawford Boxes.
Mills was 171-274 since his hiring in October 2009 and became the fourth
consecutive Astros manager to be fired mid-season, following Jimy Williams,
Phil Garner and Cecil Cooper ... The Astros have won just six times in 36
games since the All-Star break ... Prior to being named interim manager,
DeFrancesco was the manager of the Astros' Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City
... Arizona has beaten the Astros seven straight times at Minute Maid Park and
nine straight times overall ... It was Hill's fifth career two-home run game
... The Astros fell to 27-35 at home this season and 11-25 in day games.
08/19 22:30:07 ET