Pence had a great night – went 4 fer 5 including a game tying homer and the game WINNING single, drove in 3 and scored 2.
Moehler was OK – cruised easily through the first 4 innings, then gave up a few singles, then a 3 run homer when he threw a FB mid plate mid thigh to Ian Stewart. In the 6th, he gave up a double, a single then a sac-fly and a W. Even though he was at only 74 pitches, Coop pulled him for The Great Pinch Hitter Jason Michaels, who walked. Bourn walked, but Miggy FO with bases loaded to end the inning and any chance of a W for Moehler.
Byrdak pitched a scoreless 7th.
Marquis promptly gave up a game tying homer to Pence, gave up consecutive singles, then ran into bad luck. Pudge lined out, then Blum hit into a perfect 4-6-3, but the second baseman screwed up the play, so Carlos scored the go-ahead run.
Except for the homer the other day, Carlos hasn’t driven in ANY runs since May 16. He’s still hitting, just not with RISP.
I also should mention that tonight was Chris Sampson’s second 2 inning save. I guess he is allowed to do that because he’s not The Designated Closer.
I don’t suppose I should mention that even with all this recent winning, we’re still in last place in the central – we’re only better than the Nats, Rox and Dbax in the NL. Among all the Roy trade talk is the report of some guy in some Organization/MLB saying that Drayton is going to refuse to trade AWAY players, but he expects to ACQUIRE players.
Sounds like Drayton, that is fer SHER. However, I seriously wonder if he is stubbornly going to stick to that if the Astros are still mired in last place after the break…
Tomorrow, it’s Wandy vs Jason Hummel. I certainly hope that home cooking will get Wandy’s curveball back to its usual filthy form.