National League Game Summary - Los Angeles at Houston|
(Sunday, April 22nd)
Final Score: Houston 12, Los Angeles 0
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Jordan Schafer hit a grand slam to help the
Houston Astros dominate the Los Angeles Dodgers, 12-0, on Sunday.
Carlos Lee opened the scoring with a two-run blast and seven Astros recorded
at least one RBI in the victory, which snapped a two-game losing streak to
salvage the final contest in a three-game set.
Wandy Rodriguez (1-2) picked up his first win of the season by tossing seven
scoreless frames, allowing just three hits and three walks with six
Chad Billingsley (2-1) was tagged for nine runs -- five earned -- on four hits
and four walks in 3 1/3 innings to take the loss. Mark Ellis and Jerry
Hairston each had two of the Dodgers' six hits.
"It's tough to pitch when you're not getting ahead of hitters and you're not
throwing strikes," Billingsley mused.
Lee launched an 0-1 fastball into the left-field seats with Jed Lowrie aboard
in the home first for an early 2-0 Houston edge.
Billingsley walked Jose Castro and Rodriguez after Chris Johnson led off the
second with a single to bring Schafer to the plate with the bases loaded.
Schafer drove an 0-1 cutter deep to right-center. Right fielder Andre Ethier
had time to plant himself at the warning track and almost made a jumping
catch, but the ball tipped off the top of his glove and just cleared the fence
for Schafer's first career grand slam.
A pair of groundouts around a wild pitch in the fourth pushed the Astros' lead
"I think [Billingsley] left some balls up and they helped us out a little bit
in the field," Schafer said. "I know for awhile there we didn't have a bunch
of hits, we had like four hits and nine runs there for awhile."
Jason Castro hit an RBI single in the fifth, and Chris Johnson and Jose Altuve
each singled in a runner in the eighth for the game's final margin.
The Astros snapped a six-game losing streak against the Dodgers in which they
scored a total of three runs...Dodgers' reliever Jamie Wright batted in the
fifth, his first at-bat since June 16, 2007 with the Rangers...Castro's hit
off Wright was the first he gave up this year (batters were 0-for-18) in 6 1/3
innings...Matt Kemp was 12-for-17 against lefties coming into the game. He was
0-for-3 today and saw his hitting streak ended at 10 games...Houston's last
grand slam came on Aug 16, 2011, hit by Brian Bogesevic against the
Cubs...Schafer has reached base safely in all 16 games this season, the
longest streak for a Houston player since Craig Biggio's 17-game streak in
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