Hey, it’s his first double in over a month – went 400′ to right center – I HAD to lead off with that. AND he drove in 2 runs without grounding out, I’ll go for that.
Lance also got his own self tossed by the 3rd base ump in the 8th for arguing a checked swing call – first time I can EVER remember him getting tossed. Lance isn’t a guy who argues balls and strikes and if he argues, he’s right. Which he was. Anyhow, I sure hope this getting tossed/arguing stuff is Lance’s exit to the Road To Recovery.
And speaking of recovery, Luke Scott is heating up – he went 3 fer 4 with a double and 2 run opposite field homer. It is time to end the stupid platoon thingy and give the job to the guy who earned it last year and should have been the full time RF from Opening Day.
Wandy pitched adequately – giving up 4 hits, 1 walk, 7 K and 1 ER over 5 IP. He needed 30 pitches to get through the 4th inning and this time, I can’t yell at Phil for pulling him – Wandy looked tired. And Palmeiro managed to squeak a ball by the SS for a hit, so it wasn’t entirely hopeless.
I still don’t understand batting Loretta, a singles hitter, 5th and batting Pence, who has a SLG over .600 second. Pence is going to come up after Biggio, who, as usual, can’t hit rightys away, the pitcher and Everett/Ausmus. Who is he going to drive in? It’s RUNS we need, not guys on base.
And speaking of guys on base, Jason Hirsh no hit the Stros for 4.2 innings, so there were NO guys on base. Pence left guys on base twice, Loretta left guys on base with 2 outs twice.
The bullpen shut things down.
So how bout the guys we traded away? Hirsh was decent – pitched pretty well until the third time through the order, which is what I seem to remember from last year – gave up 2 BB, 4 K, 4 H over 6+ IP. And Willy, who the Houston columnists are missing so much? He grounded out and struck out – didn’t beat out any IF hits or steal bases and he still doesn’t come forward to catch balls. He’s NOT Kenny Lofton.
I STILL think it was a dumb trade and I STILL think the guy we’re gonna regret the most is Taylor Buchholz…