Shawn Chacon pitched an excellent game. It’s so funny – when I was typing up my pre-game preview, I was going to mention that Uncle was something like 2 fer 15 against Chacon, but decided against it for fear of jinxing Chacon – guess my just THINKING about it was bad juju because Uncle went 3 fer 3 against him with 2 singles and a homer. I hate that guy.
He also gave up a double to Ankiel that almost went out, but hit the top of the yellow line. Then Glaus hit a single to left, Ankiel was waved around third and Pence nailed his ass with a perfect strike to Towles about 4′ before he reached the plate. No, it wasn’t near as close as the Erstad-Ausmus play. But hey, it was still kewl. And Chacon also gave up a solo homer to Brian Barton, the Cards Rule V guy from the Indians (wouldn’t they LUUUUVV to have him back, seeing as how none of their players are hitting worth spit this year…)
And there you go – 7 IP, 7 H, 2 HR, 1 double, no walks, 7 K, 2 ER – 104 pitches/62 s.
Miggy Tejada hit his first homer since May 2 – and, by the way, it was the very first homer hit by an Astro off Looper.
Towles didn’t get a hit, but he did get on base 3 of 4 times and he drove in a run with a walk. Hard to remember that last time we played the Cards, Pence wasn’t hitting even the Mendoza line and was swinging wildly at almost everything and had twice as many Ks as hits. Today, his average is up to .311 and I’m thinking it is about time that Towles turns it around, too.
Lance had 2 walks and a hit – he is still leading the league in runs scored and added 3 to his total tonight. No stolen bases though – you KNOW he’s thinking 30-30, which would be awesome – he’d be the first 1B since Baggy to do it.
Speaking of which, happy 40th birthday, Baggy. Man, it’s hard to believe he’s so old.
Anyway, Carlos Lee came up with bases loaded and drove in 2. I have to laugh because he was so worried that if he hit 5th, he wouldn’t have enough runs to drive in to make him happy – he’s right behind Berkman. So to speak…
Kaz broke out of his 4 fer 30 slump with a 3 fer 5 night. No stolen bases, but some very heads up baserunning in the first when Ankiel foolishly threw to third instead of second when Miggy flew out.
Michael Bourn went 1/5 and he was lucky on that hit, too, that Ankiel trapped. But there is a HUGE amount of luck in baseball and sometimes those line drives fall in and sometimes they don’t.
I hear that there is supposed to be this tremendous decrease in the number of home runs this year from last year. Well, let me assure all yall that the Astros pitchers are doing their very best to try to combat it. And I like how the mainstream media explains it as having anything to with no roid use THIS year, as if strict testing hasn’t been in place for 4 years now, unless they want to claim that somehow, all the home run hitters last year were using, but not getting caught and inexplicably, they decided to quit THIS year.
Byrdak continued his streak of scoreless innings, giving up a double to Uncle. I hate that guy.
Looks as if Villareal will be useful in mopup: he threw his third consecutive scoreless, hitless 1,2,3 inning tonight with the Astros leading 8-2 in the 9th. He can throw strikes as long as the game is either long gone or the Astros are 5 runs ahead.
And last but not least, the Astros announced that Sampson would go to the bullpen when Wandy returns. It’s so funny – they’ve wanted to shove him in the bullpen, where his ERA is historically about 2 runs higher than as a starter, since he was still in the minors. It’s a shame, because in the bullpen, he’s gonna make Villareal look like Mo Rivera. Ah well, dude better enjoy the few innings in baseball he’s got left. He won’t succeed at that elusive 7th inning guy position. He’s not a velocity strikeout sort of guy, he’s a finesse guy who needs a great infield defense.
And Wandy has his work cut out for him tomorrow as he tries to beat the Cards’ ace Wainwright. I’ll be wearing my homemade WANDY! Astros shirt that my kids gave me for my birthday.
Yes. I am a Wandy fangrrrrrl. I say it loud and I say it proud – I’ve been out of the closet for years…