Dear gawd what a debacle.
The Astros are facing Jamey Wright – a pitcher so bad he makes Woody look good. He gives up six walks and only THREE freaking hits in 5.1 innings and the Astros score only 2 measly runs. Of course, the Astros left men on base in 5 of the 6 innings he pitched, and neither Pence not Lee hit. (Berkman sat this one out with a bruised hand, said the guys on the radio)
Roy gave up 3 runs in the 5th, then got a 1,2,3 out 6th, then walked 3 straight batters in the 7th before Rick White came in to relieve and left all 3 runners stranded. Roy was delighted that he wasn’t Francoed, even if he was Clemensed AGAIN. Not that I blame Phil for sending Roy back out in the 7th – he looked strong the inning before and the bullpen HAS sucked…
Poor Roy – he must be ready to strangle the hitters and the bullpen. I know I am and it ain’t me who is losing yet ANOTHER Cy Young.
White gave up a solo homer in the 8th, then a single, then a sac-bunt. Then Miller came in to “relieve” and got the first lefty out, them walked Lofton. Miller sure is walking a LOT of batters this year, isn’t he? Then Qualls comes in to relieve Miller, who is pulled with pain in his leg, and gives up a walk, 2 singles, and 3 runs. Lidge picked a bad time to quit smoking – or was it sniffing glue (yeah, joke, JOKE)
I like how Phil sends Biggio up to pinch hit for Bruntlett against Eric Gagne. Good grief. Biggio against what is left of Gagne – no contest at all.
I just hate watching Biggio this year. It’s so unfreakingbelieveably painful. I mean, I was 8 years old when I first watched him and he was so GOOD – 22 years old and an instant star – and he was what everyone thinks Pence is.
The Astros Biggest Rookie Star doesn’t remember Biggio. (Or Bagwell, but I digress) And then he spent the decade of the 90s being absolutely GREAT. I remember him as a force to be reckoned with. He sprayed doubles everywhere, stole bases, took the extra base, was the guy the opposing team HATED to see at the plate. I remember him as a 5 tool catcher with a great arm who could hit. And run. And block the plate, small as he was. I was SO disappointed when they put him on second base and replaced him at catcher with 2 guys who were so much worse at everything than he was. And somehow he learned to play another position and didn’t lose a beat. You see, I want to remember him for the greatness he was, not this, this faint shadow of him.
You know he is one of the 7 greatest, possibly 5 greatest second basemen of all time. It just kills me when my children look at him and ask why they let him play when he can’t hit or field. They don’t understand the explanation – well, because he USED to be great, and in truth the owner is dissing him by making sure he gets 3000 hits in order to FINALLY get an Astros player in the Hall when Biggio was a no DOUBT about it Hall of Famer 3 years ago. The owner is also using Biggio’s last year of horribly embarrassing himself to milk as much money as he can for marketing purposes. They think I’m making that up and I only wish I was.
I just HATE HATE that their memories of Biggio will be what they are seeing now, a guy on his last legs who has nothing left but his hustle, a guy whose career death throes are the basis of this year’s Astros marketing campaign.
I’m almost glad that this team is so terrible that Biggio’s awfulness is masked somewhat by the failure of almost everyone else. Ah well, only 7 more hits to go until The Big One.
Not that anything will really change…
Final game (Rangers have won The Boot already) is Chris Sampson vs Robinson Tejada, RHP. Naturally, Biggio will be in the lineup. Sampson is PRAYING it is Bruntlett at short and Loretta at third because he’s remembering ALL the hits that “found holes” 5 days ago…
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