Well, I was hoping against hope that on his Number Retirement Day, that Biggio would confess the truth to the world – that he isn’t 5’11″ any more than Freddie Patek. You know, encourage vertically challenged athletes who are too tall to be gymnasts and not graceful enough to be skaters. (By the way, you can watch it on the official Astros MLB website.)
However, Roy about overshadowed the ceremony by throwing about the best game I’ve seen him throw since he faced Toronto – CG 4 hitter back in 05. He gave up one single and 2 walks , a LODP and an absolutely INCREDIBLE play at the plate by Bradley Smoking-Hotness receiving a throw from Hunter Pence. Even better than the play in which Erstad threw out that runner with 2 outs n the bottom of the 9th to win the game for the Stros.
Roy’s FB had absolutely OUTSTANDING movement – the best FB he’s had since Game 6 of the 05 playoffs (remember Uncle swinging at a FB around his neck?) and his curve and slider were working, too. You know it because he got SEVEN swinging Ks. AND it is even more of a tribute because the HP ump had a bizarre and inconsistant strike zone (Lance, um, scolded him for calling him out on a pitch waaaayyy up and out.) I was hoping Roy would finish up with a CG 1 hitter, but apparently not. Coop doesn’t think real too much of CG – then again, I don’t think real too much of Coop. And no, I don’t know whether or not it was Coop’s or Roy’s decision…
Wiggy, who is on the hottest of hot streaks, drove in the runs. Randy Johnson gave up 9 hits and a walk, but stranded 7 and got Miggy to GIDP. Miggy has the same number of GIDP as walks. He isn’t worth even 1/4 of his salary.
And tomorrow, we start a road trip. The boys “get” to face CC Sabathia, last year’s CY winner and a frontrunner for this year’s NL CY. Miggy and Erstad have seen him many times – Miggy is 9/28 with 2 doubles and 2 homers; Erstad is 9/28 with 2 doubles and a HR.
Randy Wolf will pitch for the Astros: he’s 5-3 in 15 GS vs the Crew. At Miller Park, he’s 2-2 in 6 GS over 35.2 IP – 21R/18 ER – 34 H, 7 HR, 17 BB, 26 K: 4.64 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, .252 BAA.
By the way, Chad Reinecke (remember him???) won his first ML start yesterday for the Padres – 2 ER over 5 IP….