Yeah, I coulda mentioned that this is the second time in 3 starts that Brandon Backe has given up 11 ER. Or that he gave up TWO grand slams (why on EARTH did Coop leave him in at 119 pitches with bases loaded to face Young after he had just walked Drew????) Oh yeah – and 5 walks. I mean, Coop is the guy who pulls pitchers after 8 innings of 3 hit no run ball for absolutely NO reason whatsoever – no wonder the players don’t hide their contempt for him.
And all yall were complaining about Wandy yesterday – he just gave up 2 squiggly hits, no homers and a billion walks. And only 4 runs.
The game was just ugly – at least the relievers didn’t give up 8 runs today.
So let’s talk about Wiggy, who has a 14 game hitting streak goin on – started on Aug 3. Since then, he’s 23/47 with 5 HR, 1 triple, 5 double, 12 runs scored and 13 RBI; his average is now up to .302.
I guess I should mention that Lance also knocked in runs yesterday and today.
I also guess that I should mention how shocked SHOCKED I am that Matsui is back on the DL – this time with a back problem.
They called up J.R. House to use as a pinch hitter (he drove in a run today.) Milo was quite contemptuous of House, saying he was just a AAAA guy unable to hit ML pitching. He sure has had his chances all right – 58 ML AB over 30 games – yeah Milo – more than enough to judge his ability to hit in the majors. I’m TIRED of Milo. Very tired of Milo. To be nice about it…
And tomorrow, Roy faces Randy Johnson.
Roy has done very well against Arizona in the past – 6-1 in 8 GS with a 2.57 ERA.
The Unit, on the other hand, is 4-0 in 6 GS against us. He was quite shaky in his game against the Astros earlier this year – 6 ER/4 IP (one of†our bad bullpen games again) but has had 5 good starts in a row – 0 ER/7 IP vs the cubs; 0 ER/7 IP vs the Giants; 1 R/6 IP vs the Dodgers; 2 ER/7 IP vs the Bucs, then last start, 2 ER/6 IP vs the Rox.
Meanwhile, there is gonna be an hour long lovefest for Biggio tomorrow as he gets his number retired. A whole lot of people are gonna give speeches – the Box is gonna be packed.