National League Game Summary - San Diego at Houston|
(Wednesday, June 27th)
Final Score: Houston 1, San Diego 0
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Lucas Harrell was helped by a big defensive
play in the ninth inning to record his first career shutout as the Houston
Astros blanked the San Diego Padres, 1-0, in the third test of a four-game set
at Minute Maid Park.
Harrell (7-6) scattered six hits and four walks with seven strikeouts, while
Matt Downs supplied the offense with a home run for Houston, which won for the
fourth time in five games.
"What a great job working around those six hits," Astros manager Brad Mills
said about Harrell. "To see a guy throw like that and do such a great job,
that's nice to see."
Clayton Richard (5-8) allowed just two hits and a run over seven strong
innings to take the loss and snap a three-start win streak.
Yonder Alonso and Logan Forsythe each collected a pair of hits for the Padres,
who dropped their second straight game.
Harrell entered for the ninth and quickly placed the tying run on second base
with one out when Carlos Quentin reached on a fielder's choice and pinch-
runner Alexi Amarista moved to second on Alonso's walk.
Forsythe then pulled a base hit through the left side of the infield. Amarista
attempted to score on the play, but J.D. Martinez's throw to the plate easily
beat Amarista and catcher Chris Snyder applied the tag on Amarista's left arm
for the second out of the inning.
After pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay worked a walk to fill the bags, Harrell got
Nick Hundley to fan on a high fastball to end the contest in a brisk one hour
and 58 minutes, which is the quickest game in the majors this year.
Downs recorded the game's lone run with a leadoff blast over the left-center
field wall in the third inning.
Richard would retire the next 15 batters he faced following Downs' fifth home
run of the year before being pulled in favor of Dale Thayer to start the
But San Diego would not be able to capitalize on his performance, stranding a
man on second in both the fourth and fifth innings to keep it a 1-0 game.
Harrell improved to 5-1 in seven home starts this season...Richard fell to 0-1
in two career meetings with the Astros...The Padres' Chris Denorfia went 0-
for-1 in a pinch-hit appearance to end his career-best 12-game hit
streak...Harrell threw 69 of his 109 pitches for strikes.
06/28 02:29:01 ET