Yet another crappy, poorly played game
First, let me give credit where credit is due – Volquez was awesome. He gave up ONE well hit ball and that was Matsui’s leadoff homer.
Wandy was actually decent in his return after being sidelined for over 2 weeks with a bad oblique. He struck out 7, walked 2 and gave up 6 singles. He gave up 2 UER in the first, which would have been none if Wiggy had caught Votto’s fly ball to left center or even thrown accurately back to Tejada.
Then let me kick some asses where kicking is due:
1 – Wiggy for missing that fly/bad throw. And it was a NO doubt error. A 3 base error. There went the ballgame. But I can’t get too mad at Wiggy – he’s just not a left fielder and I’m not sure Clank woulda gotten anywheres near that ball.
2 – Lance for continuing his month long suckage with the bat. Striking out with Miggy on second and then hitting a weakass grounder with 2 on in the 8th vs David Freaking Weathers.
3 – Erstad for striking out on the hitandrun.
4 – Ed Romero for inexplicably throwing up a stop sign to Bourn on what SHOULD have been Tejada’s RBI single to left to tie the game – and Tejada got caught in a rundown because he very VERY reasonably expected Bourn to head home. Berkman got IBB and then Blum couldn’t get the job done.
5 – And kicking second base umpire ass on Bourn’s bunt in the 6th – Matsui was NOT out because Keppinger has been pulled off the bag. Same with Reggie in the 9th.
6 – And kicking Coop ass for having Matsui and his .290 BA bunt Newhan over in the 8th – yeah, the Matsui who had 2 hits and another well hit out offn Volquez – and then leaving Bourn in to face lefty Bill Bray. GREAT strategy there Coop. An absolutely STOOPID WASTE of 2 outs.
They had a chanceeeeeeeeee
Chris Sampson hurt his elbow. Peachy.
Instant (BAD choice of words there) replay lasting 6 1/2 minutes to review Votto’s single off the top of the yellow line in right. I had this feeling it would soon be a LOT more than 2 minutes – and the strange thing is that it was SO obviously not over the wall. Just the other day the umps refused to review a play near the foul line that in my opinion looked like a homer and not a foul that cost the team the game…
Props to Latroy Hawkins for continuing his 0 ERA as an Astro (just 2 UER and there were 2 very well hit balls, though.) Props to Valverde for yet another scoreless inning.
Props to Brad Lidge for being the best reliever in the NL this year. Oh. Forgot. I’m not supposed to praise him.
Anyway, another game tomorrow – Randy Wolf vs Ramon Ramirez, a rookie called up at the end of August who has pitched 3 of 4 QS. Not that it really matters real too much any more…