Da Wandy Man was ON tonight. 114 pitches, 7 hits, NO walks, 6 K. And this is with him having 8 pitches that were CLEARLY in the strike zone called balls. Command was great – all 3 pitches, especially the inside FB. Best out was the last one – he hung a curveball, Carlos Gomez hit it to the LF bullpen, Brames dropped the throw, so Gomez broke for 3rd and Barmes threw him out.
Wandy had to pitch with just ONE run of support. And that was on an IF single by Bourgeois, a steal to second, then 3rd, then a score on a ROE E5. Of course Clank popped out. As he did again in the 4th with a man on second. He is SORRY. Wonder how Milo is spinning THIS.
Brett Wallace sat – and all I can say is it BETTER have been because he hurt, not because he’s a lefty. I’m TIRED of that stuff.
Stros also had 2 on in the 7th against LaTroy Hawkins (who looks GREAT with the high socks – of course, I think everyone should wear high socks) and CJ grounded out on a 3-2.
Randy Wolf was nails again – 7 IP
Got to say, though, that Clank made TWO great diving stops and made 3-1 plays look good. And CJ made a GREAT diving stop and throw of a hard hit liner in the 9th. And turned a great DP. Bourgeois played LF, looked great. LOTS of great catches, stole 2 bases, scored the go ahead run and drove in the game winner. Pence made 2 very good catches – and the wind was blowing a LOT harder to left center tonight than it was last night
Of course Brandon Lyon blew the save, giving up a homer to, who else, Da Prince – guess the wind must have kicked up during that AB, hunh, Mr Bad Loser from Fri night.
This bullpen SUCKS.
Poor Wandy, Clemensed AGAIN.
So in comes Kameron Loe, usually Death To Astros Hitters. Towles popsup on the first pitch, then on comes the parade of leftys. Bogusevic grounds out. Then Brett Wallace, pinch hitting, walks. Michael Bourn walks (went ofer 4 but he has managed to get on base every game he has started for the past 22 games) then Bill Hall (new nickname “Chewie” for the way he’s always chewing on his mouth guard – and yeah, all modern nicknames gotta end in “ie” right Milo-ie, or is it Hammie) pinch runs. So Jason Bourgeois, hitting second and playing left is up. He takes strike 1, swings at strike 2, gets a gift Ball 1 from the ump on strike 3, then drives a low FB (ball 2) through the 5.5 hole and
Brandon Lyon gets his 3rd Vampire Win – all 3 came after he blew a save.
Rubber game tomorrow is Bud Norris vs LHP Chris Narveson who has started 4, relieved in 1 games vs the Stros and has a 3.43 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.
Do I dare say that Bud has pitched well vs the Crew – 4 GS with a 3.09 ERA/1.37 WHIP over 23 IP.