Wouldn’t have no luck at all…
Could it get worse?
We COULD get no hit. After all, we only managed 5 hits and 1 walk off of a AAA pitcher.
Roger Clemens had been pitching just about the best he’s pitched all year – 4.2 IP, 2 H, 6 K with 61 pitches when he suddenly looked like he was having trouble finding the plate – and walked Enrique Wilson (who doesn’t walk real too much) and suddenly Phil and the pitching coach and trainer were on the mound – dear Lord, NOOOOO, but they leave and then Roger got Mitre out and left with a groin “tightness” – wonder if that’s like Andy Pettitte’s elbow “tightness.”
He was ahead 2-0. In the 4th, Todd Self walked, Biggio doubled, then with runners on second and third, Berkman hit a weak-ass grounder toward first – Mansolino held Self at first – Biggio damn near run into him, but somehow, no one tried to throw him out. Then Lamb hits a weak ass infield dribbler and this time, Self takes off for home and scores with a great slide. Then Ensberg grounds into a weak ass FC to the SS which should have been an easy DP but the throw to first isn’t in time and Biggio scores. Two runs on one walk, one hit and lousy fielding. This is what usually happens to US.
What else can go wrong? In the sixth, Biggio hits a single to left and limps down to first – what the ??? But he’s not pulled??? (This gonna be “groin tightness” too???)
In the 7th and 8th, we have runners at third and can’t get them home.
But the worst – Brad Lidge comes on in the 8th with 1 out and a man on first – we are ahead by 1 run. This IS the time you need the CLOSER, the ACE, the STOPPER, the FIREMAN. We didn’t get the fireman, we got the ARSONIST. Brad couldn’t find the plate – 3 WP that I counted (the official scorer only gave him 2 – Ausmus must have been tagged with a PB for one of them) 2 BB, 1 single, three runs and the ballgame.
I’m trying to find something good, here.
- Roger extended his road scoreless innings streak to 22 IP.
- Berkman made 2 nice running catches in left. Todd Self looked just fine in right and made 2 nice catches and one great throw – nice to find out he has a good arm and it’s accurate.
- No plays that were errors and were called hits. No lousy fielding (except Brad Ausmus’ throw into center on a SB that fortunately didn’t matter because Roger shut them down.)
- Biggio just tied Robin Yount on the runs scored list and passed him on the doubles list – he’s now #14.)
Back to the bad.
This is the Astros worst start EVER. I mean, since we were the Colt 45s in 1962. We just passed the 1/4 of the season mark and we are at the bottom of all offensive categories in the NL (except SB.)
I don’t wanna post our “offensive” stats in May because it’s too embarrassing. It’s bad enough that we can’t hit.
But now Lights Out Lidge can’t find the plate?
Yeah, I suppose it CAN get worse. But not by much.