Mike Hampton pitched his second QS in a row, going 6.1 IP with 8 H, 1 BB, 5 K and 3 ER. He looked shaky in the first, giving up 2 runs, but then sharpened up a bit. He had only two 1,2,3 innings and was helped by his defense.
At the end of 6 innings, he had thrown 94 pitches and I was a bit surprised to see him go back out as he had had a somewhat longish 6th – 19 pitches, 2 groundouts, a single, a walk and a K. But with solo homers by Lance and Carlos, the Astros had taken the lead and I guess that Coop thought that this would give Hampton the confidence to finsih the 7th and get to Hawkins and Valverde.
Paul Janish singled, Arroyo bunted him over and he was done.
Unfortunately, Geary wasn’t any sharper tonight than he was last night when he gave up 2 runs to Micah Owings, giving up a single and a 4 pitch walk.
Coop again brought in Byrdak, who again was ineffective, giving up the game winning 2 run double to lefty Joey Votto and it was like 1 foot lower than the yellow line over the LF bullpen, which would have been a granny.
But the crowning blow was delivered by HP ump Nauert who called Pence out on Ball 4 - a knee high FB which had been called a ball the other 6 times a pitch had been thrown in that exact same location (I know because I just finished looking at Gameday Pitch fx.) Took me back about 3 years to when some ump called out Jason Lane on Ball 4 on a pitch from Jason Isringhausen at his ankles (with 2 out, 2 on, bottom of the 9th, game on the line.)
I suppose I should mention that once again the guys didn’t hit with MOB and that Pudge hit into yet another DP and so did Miggy.
Which reminds me – anyone besides me notice that Brad Ausmus hit better than Pudge and that Pudge is getting exactly zero heck from fans about his lousy hitting?????
Might could it be that Brad is hot and Pudge is not????
Anyway, Brad will be in tomorrow and I’ll be sure to let him know how much us grrrrrrls miss him…