In Which Paulino Gets Oswalted And Loses #7 To Ex-Stro Randy Wolf In Milwaukee.
It used to be Clemensed, but I thought it was time for an update, dontcha think? At least Roy is keeping the Astros from completely falling off the media radar, as speculation about his trade destination grows.
Felipe can’t ask for a trade, poor guy. He got “run support” from Manzella (2 singles and a walk), Quintero (single to center) and Feliz (given a single on what should have been an E6 and a walk?!?!); he himself left bases loaded in the second – but hey, he’s a pitcher – gotta give him a bye here; Jason Michaels struck out looking with 2 on in the 7th. Paulino also had terrible luck in that the umps mistakenly called a foul off his foot as a ball in play, and it went for a GIDP – it CLEARLY went off his foot.
But the real problem was that Lance, Clank, Pence and Feliz (supposedly a good hitter – acccording to Fast Eddie) all looked bad against Wolf. Even though Pence and Lance both went to 3-2 counts twice – well, at least Pence took Ball 4. They didn’t do anything against righty reliever Villanueva (Kepp had a single, then Lance struck out swinging on a pitch in the dirt and Clank grounded out weakly.) Pence, with a bloop double up the RF line, then Quintero, with a double to the gap vs Todd Coffey (yes, the ex-Reds closer) kept this laugher from being a shutout.
Felipe pitched pretty darn well – gave up 3 walks to the Prince, struck out 4 and gave up 2 runs over 6. He had a tough time getting his slider and curve to work when he first got out there – gave up a leadoff single, then a 10 pitch out, then threw a FB waist high straight down the middle and Ryan Braun hit it like 800 feet to dead center – it would most definitely have easily cleared the CF wall at the Hill if we were at the Box.
And he lost the ballgame right there in the first – just like Roy last week.
Very disheartening. He just can’t win.
Chris Sampson had his second really terrible outing in a row – none of his pitches had any sink and they got hammered. He hit the pinch hitter, then Rickie Weeks hit a sinker that didn’t opposite field off the facade of the second deck. Gomez had a weak grounder (that one worked) and then Braun laid down a perfect bunt single to third (Clank, Lance and Feliz really ought to think about doing something like that seeing as how they either strike out, GIDP or ground out weakly to third/second/first) and the Prince hit a bullet up the middle. McGehee singled to fairly shallow left and Braun was waved around third – everyone knows that Clank has an arm like a wet noodle.
Fulchino came on (he hasn’t really pitched very well either) and immediately gave up a long fly ball to deep center and Michael made a GREAT running catch – he didn’t hit today, but that catch was freaking AWESOME. Then Escobar hit a good pitcher’s pitch – down and inside – actually, out of the strike zone, to the RF corner for a GR double – and Sampson ate 4 ER. His ERA went from 1.14 2 days ago to 4.66 today (7 ER over 1.1 IP is not a good thing…)
sigh – not sure what on earth is wrong with that boy, but I hope he’s not hurt again and not telling people.
Tomorrow, it’s Roy vs Chris Narveson. Randy Wolf came into tonight’s game with a 5.17 ERA and lowered it to 4.52. Narveson, a RHP, has a 5.17 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP over 5 GS and 9 in relief – and he’s pitching better as a starter than he was as a reliever – has a 4.45 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP over 5 games – and he has also beated both the DBax and the Dodgers, who the Astros rolled over for…
Oh yeah -
Chris Johnson earned the PCL Player of the Week award. From the RR Express web site:
“Johnson led the hit .458 (11-for-24) in six games during the week with three home runs, nine RBI, 11 runs scored, three doubles and a triple. He currently rides an eight-game hitting streak, during which time he is hitting .469 (15-or-32). Johnson hit safely in six consecutive at bats and reached safely in nine consecutive plate appearances during the first two games of the Express series against Reno, both season bests for Round Rock.
A Naples, Fla., native, Johnson has hit safely in 11 of 12 games since rejoining the Express two weeks ago; he produced a sacrifice fly in the lone hitless game. Johnson is tied for seventh in the PCL with 11 extra-base hits this month, despite missing the month’s first nine games. He is hitting .380 (19-for-50) with three homers, 14 RBI, 14 runs scored, seven doubles and a triple in 12 games with the Express.”
I think he needs more seasoning in the minors, don’t you? After all, we couldn’t POSSIBLY think of replacing Proven Winner and Clutch Hitter Pedro Feliz, with someone who can, like HIT, could we?