Wandy didn’t get ANY help from the ump, who gave Haren outside pitches he didn’t give Wandy, and at one point in the 5th, Wandy got upset for the first time this year and started complaining when “balls” 2 and 3, right in the middle of the strike zone, weren’t called. He got 6 swinging Ks (one looking) and gave up 2 walks. He gave up a homer to Justin Upton in the 6th on a letter high FB, then struck out Reynolds and Young and got Ryal to FO.
He just lost it after the top iof the 7th – Lance singled and moved to second on a Lee groundout. I wasn’t very happy to see Carlos not bother to bust it down to first because he assumed it would be a GIDP, as usual, but then tried to speed up when Haren missed the ball and Reynolds had to come in and get it. Pence hit what should have been an RBI single, but Clark, that idiot (he’s as bad as Mansolino, didn’t think that was possible – I miss Ed Romero, can hardly believe I’m saying that) threw up the stop sign for Lance, who would have EASILY scored standing up. Pence goes to second on the throw home.
Haren walks Kaz and it’s bases loaded, 2 out. Blum pinch hits for Maysonet (the lefty righty thing) and he would have if Maysonet had had 2 hits, and The Proven Veteran pops out, then Grit, pinch hitting for Quintero, flies out. Too bad they weren’t in the opposite order because that would have been a sac-fly.
Anyway, Wandy was obviously angry and discombobulated when he came back out, gave up 2 doubles (and a run) on 2 hanging curves, then a single to the pitcher.
So then it’s men on first and third, no out. Coop, naturally, can’t just bring in Hawkins because he’s only allowed to pitch the 8th, so he does his usual thingy of 1 pitcher, 1 hitter, and 1 of Wandy’s runs ends up scoring. So it’s a “lousy” outing for Wandy. By the way, I have to go out and run an errand in the 5th and 6th and the Dbax radio guys (you know I absolutely REFUSE to listen to our 2 clounzzz) and they were both calling Wandy one of the best and most underrated lefty in the majors. Seems that the OTHER teams have figured this out. Too bad our own fans can’t.
He got like ZERO help from his teammates, as usual, who just will NOT even TRY to work counts, foul pitches. All he got was the first inning run from Bourn, who walked scored, went to third and came home on a groundout. At least he didn’t get shut out. The first hit was a single by Keppinger in the 4th then nothing until a single up the middle by Bourn in the 6th. At the end of the 6th, Haren had thrown 68 freaking pitches. That is IT. And that, my friends, is the 09 Astros. Not to mention Pence swinging at a slider outside in the dirt to leave the tying run on base in the 8th. And yes I most certainly DO blame the manager for that crap – he’s the one who complains if any of the guys take pitches, saying they aren’t “aggressive” enough. Danny Haren and Jon Garland sure do luuuuvvv those 4-7 pitch innings.
So we get swept by the 3rd worst team in the NL. Great.
Qualls, by the way, wasn’t hit by the ball on the last out of the 9th – the ball hit his glove and as he twisted to get it, the ball caromed off his glove right to the SS, who threw out Michaels. Qualls appeared to have twisted his knee or ankle as he fell. Qualls, by the way, will be their closer for the next year, too. Not sure that the Astros got the best of the Valverde = Qualls + Gutierrez trade.
And in new shocking news, Hampton is too injured to pitch any more this year and is going to get shoulder surgery and get BOTH knees repaired – he thinks he’ll be ready and fit to pitch next year. And speaking of fit to pitch, the Astros are thinking that it just might could be that Bud Norris is tired from all the extra innings he has pitched this year – YA THINK????? and have decided he should skip his next start.
And I would again like to remind everyone that most every single pitcher is NOT Roy Oswalt and he struggles in the year he comes up and/or the year afterwards, as the hitters adjust to him. So yeah I know that Norris is struggling and tired, but I do NOT want him dropped into the same garbage disposal as every single other young pitcher since Wandy came up.
And now we’re off to get smacked around at Wrigley. Lance can’t hit for spit there, Clank was ofer Arizona – oh, wait – I forgot – he DID get a single in the 8th with 2 out which SHOULD have been a double if he had bothered to run hard out of the box – he probably thought it was out.
where was I?
Oh yeah. Miggy has run out of gas and is barely rolling and I could go on and on and on, but why bother? I’d be looking forward to Tuesday when the rosters expand, but we all know that Cooper isn’t gonna play any young guys unless he is ordered to.
You notice that this here Arizona team is basically composed almost entirely of guys who have been called up in the past 3 years and they are coming together. And yes I know we can’t trade Carlos or Berkman and if we trade Roy we’ll have the worst pitching staff in the majors – even accounting for the fact that Drayton will tell Fast Eddie to sign a bunch more Hampton/Ortiz type rejects.
Now I would go for that if we could get Dave Duncan away from the Cards – I am reading that he’s angry because the Cards fans have all bagged on his son, who seriously injured his back and was ineffective thereafter and is now probably OOB. Dave gets incredible results from pitchers you’d swear were washed up – as we ALL know only too well. And apparently, the Cards GM has disengaged Duncan from the development on minor league pitchers, not sure why. Yeah, we’d have to PAY him, but he’s cheaper than your usual crappy middle reliever that Fast Eddie loves.