Yeah, we beat Johan Santana for the second time this month. Hard to believe, yeah. Once more, he gave up 4 runs over 7 innings. The lineup was almost perfect – Bourgy in left, Pence in right, Bourn in center, Manzella at short and Sanchez at second. No effing Anderson Hernandez. ANYWHERE. And, naturally, no Brett Wallace at first because he hits leftys better than rightys – once more it was Clank, trying to play first. Well, he plays first better than left, but that isn’t saying real too much, I know…
Bourgy led off and Michael hit second (for the first time this year, I think) so Bourgy had a lead off single, Michael hit into what SHOULD have been a 4-6-3 but they didn’t turn it, then Pence singled, Clank singled and Michael scored, then CJ flew out to center, but not deep enough for Pence to go to third, then Angel Sanchez walked, then Tommy Manzella beat out an infield single to third and Pence scored.
Tommy, by the way, went 3 fer 4 and showed Mills what a REAL shortstop looks like with the glove, so hopefully, we’ve seen the last of Anderson Hernandez.
Michael Bourn singled, was HBP, scored 2 runs and darn near grounded into a 1-6-3 in the 8th – he was only saved because Santana had a crappy throw to the SS, who had to take a fraction of a second to double step to tag second, and he made a throw to first which pulled the 1B off the bag, otherwise Michael woulda been out by a full stride.
CJ was completely lost against Santana and took the sombrero. Carlos drove in 3 with a single and a homer.
And the Astros pitching and fielding (Tommy Manzella is really REALLY good) shut down the Mets until Wilton Lopez came in in the 8th. He ran into bad luck – Luis Castillo led off with an infield single to short – one of those slow rollers – Tommy gloded forward, made a fabulous scoop and throw, but Castillo beat it out by a hair. Wilton got lucky when CB Bucknor at first called a ball hit over the 1B bag by the Jackal as foul, and he grounded out with Castillo going to second. Then Wilton got a bunch more grounders, but unfortunately, they just found holes – and some days, ground balls do that. David Wright hit one that Sanchez couldn’t get to, driving in Castillo, then Ike Davis hit another, then with 2 on, Jeff Francoeur got himself out swinging wildly at 3 pitches which were all out of the zone – the last one was somewheres near his neck.
With lefty Josh Thole coming up (Jerry Manuel never lets him bat against leftys – this year he’s had exactly 10 PA appearances vs leftys) Lopez was pulled and Byrdak came in. He went to 2-2, then Thole lined a rope to shallow left center and Bourgeois with his great glove and speed nabbed it – Clank wouldn’t have gotten anywheres NEAR that ball and a run would have scored fer SHER.
Odd managing decision with the Astros batting in the 8th – with 2 out, Manzella singled, the Quintero singled. With a righty pitcher, Mills decided to send in Blum, who has been out with a stiff neck (or something, who knows, they lie) which made Jerry Manuel go straight to his pen to send in the lefty. Blum can’t hit his way out of a wet paper bag righty, so why didn’t he send in Michaels in the first place?
Fortunately, we didn’t need the run(s) in the 8th or the 9th and Lyon came in and got 1,2,3 out.
This afternoon, it’s Bud Norris vs the knuckleballer RA Dickey – a few weeks back he threw 8.1 innings, giving up 9 hits, 1 walk, 2 ER and 6 K. We gots to hope that the knuckleball doesn’t knuckle.
Bud threw 7 innings of 2 hit, 2 walk, 2 run ball. I hope to gawd that Bucknor isn’t the HP ump. Dana De Muth was the ump for this game, and he’s good and he’s fair – Bucknor is neither…