Originally posted on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 5/15/12
While it was not really a secret that the Astros were calling Jordan Lyles back from Oklahoma City to make the Tuesday afternoon start against the Phillies it sure seemed like the Astros were trying to make it so. It was not until about 45 minutes before game time that two things were announced. Lyles would make the start and reliever David Carpenter was being cleared from the roster and sent to Oklahoma City to make room. The reasoning behind the tactical move was simple. With rain possibly threatening the game the Astros did not want to bring in a starter they would not have to use while taking a relief pitcher off the roster. Once it was determined the game would be played Astro Media Relations chief Gene Diaz let the word out. It was really funny in a way. The Astros media release left off page two. That is the page that has all the starting pitcher information. The release itself still had TBA (to be announced) as the starter. This was despite Lyles being in town and ready to be activated. The Astros starting lineup was not announced until Lyles was acknowledged as the starter. Under normal circumstances major league managers usually have the lineups prepared as much as four hours before the first pitch. Not on Tuesday. If part of the reason the announcements were not made was because one pitcherin this case Carpenterwas going to have to be told he was headed to the minors and there was no reason to upset him if the game might not be played due to rain and his demotion would be rescinded, that is understandable. Actually David's fate may have been determined the night before. Both Carpenter and Fernando Abad, the two most likely to have to give way for the activation of Lyles, had pitched on Monday. Abad had a perfect 7th inning. Carpenter had a very rough 8th. After striking out the first two hitters he faced he gave up a single to Carlos Ruiz that was followed by a two run homer from Placido Polanco. The he gave up two more singles to John Mayberry and Freddy Galvis before getting pinch hitter Mike Fontenot on a fly ball to center to end the inning. If the Astros had not made up their mind who would go to Oklahoma City before thenthe head to head work of Abad and Carpenter made up their minds. On Tuesday the rain stayed away during the game enough for the two clubs to play ten innings before Hunter Pence handed Brett Myers his first loss of the year with a walk off homer. Lyles pitched well earlier. He threw six innings allowing only one earned run. When he left the game he trailed 3-1 thanks to two unearned runs in the 2nd. An error by Jose Altuve wiped out what would have been the inning's second out and after Galvis flied out to center for what should have been the third out, Brian Schneider hit a two run homer. Give the Astros credit. They did not give up. Former Astro Chad Qualls came in to pitch the ninth and did not fare well. Two runs were scored in a four hit inning tied the game and sent it to extra innings. The Phillies won their first extra inning game of the year when Pence got his third hit and second home run of the day. Wednesday we know who will pitch for both the Astros and Brewers back at Minute Maid Park. Bud Norris will go against Randy Wolf. FSHouston has the telecast with Astros Live Pregame commencing at 6:30pm.
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