Second verse, same as the first.
Well, not quiiiiiite the same. Russ Ortiz, like Wandy the night before, pitched very well, giving up 3 walks and 3 singles over 5.1 innings. He probably could have finished up the inning, but after he walked Dempster, gave up a single to Sori and Kd The Riot, Coop decided to do his leftyrighty thingy he luuuuvs so much (in spite of the fact that Ortiz had easily gotten out Fuku the previous 2 times) and called in Byrdak, who, for ONCE, got the job done.
Arias finished that inning and the 7th, then Sampson pitched the 8th. Hawkins, who the Cubs fans just HATE, gave up the tying homer to DLee, so there we were – extra innings.
Hawk managed to squeak out of the 10th, stranding a man on 3rd with 2 outs, then Fulchino came in and slammed the door for 3 innings. Fulchino has been one of Wade’s good moves.
Let me repeat that – Fulchino has been one of Wade’s GOOD moves.
Yes, Fast Eddie and his luuuvvvv for middle relievers looks pretty good with Fulchino, a pickup off the scrap heap for minimum wage.
See, I CAN praise his good moves, and he’s made some.
Where was I?
Oh yeah. Fulchino pitched 3 scoreless and gave up only one single. Shut down the entire C*bs lineup, just as Sampson had done today and yesterday.
Stros hitters had more than a few opportunities to win after Hawk coughed up the tying run:
in the 10th, Kata, pinch hitting, singled!!!! yes, you read that right. He did not make an out!!! WOW!!!! Then, with 2 out, Miggy reached on error, but Pence grounded out on the first pitch;
in the 11th, with 1 out, Lance singled, then Blum singled, then Pudge GIDP.
But finally, bottom of the 13th, Pence drew a walk. See, I TOLD you he had been walking a lot more and that not swinging at pitches out of the strike zone or unhittable pitches is a GOOD thing. Then, with Michaels flailing away at a pitch out of the strike zone for big strike 3, Pence stole second. So, with Lance up, Sweet Lou again figured he’d rather take his chance intentionally walking Berkman, then pitching to Blum. Why he didn’t bring in Sean Marshall, a lefty, to pitch to Blum, who can’t hit for spit righty any more, I don’t know, but Blum got the job done.
I sure do LUUUUV beating the C*bs, that is fer SHER.
And we’re off to play the DBax. They finally put Paulino on the DL, and I guess they are going to be calling Wesley Wright back up. Wesley has pitched 9.1 innings, giving up 7 walks, 4 hits and 8 Ks and 3 ER. Too many walks.
Funny, both Casey Daigle (24 IP – 25 H, 8 BB, 19 K, 5 ER – 1.88 ERA/1.38 WHIP) and Chad Paronto (26.1 IP – 20 H, 6 BB, 21 K, 1 HR, 6 ER – 2.05 ERA/1.05 WHIP) have pitched better, but they are rightys and we all know that rightys can’t get leftys out.
But to me, the real question is, how long are we going to have to put up with the suckulousness of Michaels and Erstad? Kata, I presume, will be sent back down when Kaz comes back of the DL. Also, Backe really needs to be sent to AAA to be put into the regular starting rotation. He isn’t doing a bit of good taking up space on the bench for blowouts.
Today, Mike Hampton faces Danny Haren, the best pitcher this year in the NL. Not by W/L, but by RSAA. Yes, better than Santana. Man, that was a BAD trade the Cards made with the A’s, swapping him for Mulder. And man, that was a bad trade Billy Beane the GEEENYUSSS made, trading Haren for some minor leaguers who haven’t done spit – at least yet.
Oh, and before some of you start telling me that this is why we shouldn’t trade away old guys like Tejada/Hawkins etc, I’ll remind you that Haren was in his 4th year, was age 27 and was signed to a great, cheap contract for the next 3 years. This would be sort of like trading Roy Oswalt in 04.
Tejada and Hawkins are significantly closer to the end of their careers and Tejada’s defense has sunk to 07 levels or below. Time to sell as high as possible because the farm is still pretty empty.