Roy was vintage Roy – simply AWESOME – gave up 2 doubles to Braun, a double to Hart, a single to the pitcher and a walk to the Prince. Everyone just grabbed some bench. He went to only three 3 balls count. He was absolutely dead set on not giving up even ONE single run. In the 4th, he gave up a double to Braun, then a walk to the Prince, then struck out the next 3 batters.
Actually, I was surprised he didn’t finish the shutout, but I guess he must have decided that he had had enough and someone else could go get Braun out.
Which reminds me – it’s the first time this YEAR that the Astros have shutout some OTHER team.
The Astros beat on Chris Narveson like a punching bag (well except for Pedro Feliz who did his usual weak groundout/popout to 3rd/left thingy.
Michael went 1 fer 4 with an RBI, a run scored (from second on an INFIELD SINGLE up the middle by Carlos – and the throw wasn’t even close) and a walk (and two 3-2 counts) and he got CS – actually, was picked off by Narveson – us leftys r crafty – and Prince threw him out.
Keppinger went 1 fer 5 with a double and a run scored
Pence, hitting 3rd, went to two 3-2 counts!!! and went 2 fer 4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored and a stolen base (and as usual, got a terrible jump, but fortunately, Kotteras’ throw went into CF and he went to 3rd on the throw – then scored when Lance singled him home. Oh, and he did a great job backing up a play when Michael didn’t get his glove on one of Braun’s doubles and kept him from going past second.
Carlos went 2 fer 4 with 2 RBIs and darn near scored a run – SERIOUS hustle trying to beat the throw on Lance’s single up the middle, but Gomez’ throw nailed him. AND he made every play in left and didn’t mail it in or miss any plays!!!!!
Lance hit 2 singles batting righty, 1 single batting lefty, walked and flew out 400′ to straightaway center to end the game (they had the roof open by then and the wind was blowing in)
Feliz was teh uck-say with the bat - didn’t have any balls hit to him/near him (WHEN are we gonna see Chris Johnson???)
Quintero went 0fer 3 with a walk and caught a popup from the Prince after getting smacked hard by the backswing – not sure how he even stood up…
Tommy Manzella went 2 fer 4 with a double and a run scored and was making plays left and right – he’s gotten his BA back over the Mendoza line and is showing better plate discipline by not swinging at crap out of the zone, especially with 2 strikes.
Even Jason Michaels got a hit.
I just hope the guys can keep this up against Dave Bush tomorrow night, as Dave hasn’t, uh, been real too sharp. And Kevin Cash is gonna be in the lineup and I’m not expecting real too much in the way of hitting from him…