Roy could NOT find the strike zone there for an unfortunate 3 batters in the first – Gary Darling would not give him a sliver of an inch on the inside corner and he gave up a single to Uncle after going to 0-2, then threw 8 straight balls, then went to 3-2 on Duncan before giving up a 2 run single, and there went the ball game. Out came Dewey, said something, and after that, Roy was pretty much nails.
He threw 7 curve balls, 4 for strikes, threw 7 sliders, hung one to youknowwho, who drove it about 370′ to left – and the funny thing is that for all the skreeeeeeming I do about the Crawford Box el-cheapos, I have to laugh because that homer would have been a double back home.
But for goodness sakes, this was Kyle Freaking Lohse, who is not exactly Wainwright, but the bats went limp, except for a Lance double to right center, a Lance 400 something’ homer to left center and a Carlos Lee homer to straightaway center, which would have just been a long fly ball out onto the Hill. Oh, and a couple of piddly singles and a walk, all of whom were stranded – Bourn on second after his 24th steal (throw from Mr. Gold Glove wasn’t even close) and Lance on third…
Ridiculous that Roy can’t get more than 2 runs of support. But except for about 15 pitches he couldn’t get over the plate in the first, he had an excellent game. It’s the best I’ve seen him pitch in weeks. Guess the extra 2 days of rest did him good.
Roy must feel like it’s the old days with the good pitching and no hitting. This lack of run support with good pitching causing a loss is called getting Clemensed – after Roger, who had a loss or ND something like 37 times during his 3 years with the Astros in which he allowed 2 runs or less and still, no cigar…
Which reminds me – I have no idea why on earth Cooper didn’t PH for Roy in the 6th with a man on second, 2 out, 2 runs behind. Could it be that Coop didn’t want Byrdak pitching the 7th or something?
Guess it really IS all Towles fault, hunh? If only we had a catcher like Quintero, who could hit like .218, then things would be REALLY different… Yep. Or Smith/Wade should just go out and get a great hitting catcher who could hit at least .240 (like say, how Ausmus hit last year – hehhehhehheh…)
Anyway, we’re off to Miller Park to meet/beat the Brew Crew. We should hopefully do well because, in my opinion, that team has gotten pretty demoralized with their lousy manager…
Friday, it’s Brandon Backe vs Manny Parra
Brandon beat Milwaukee earlier this year – 2R/5.2 IP and his last 3 starts have been very good. He’s started 2 games at Miller Park, relieved in 1: 13 IP – 7 ER, 2 HR, 5 BB, 2K.
Manny Parra this year is 2-2 in 10 GS: 49.1 IP – 59 H, 6 HR, 29 BB, 39 K: 5.11 ERA, 1.72 WHIP, .301 BAA. He’s already lost to Houston this year – 6 runs in 4 IP.
Saturday, it’s Brian Moehler vs Ben Sheets
Moehler has had 6 relief appearances at Miller Park – given up 1 run/8.1 IP. Last year, he threw 9.1 innings against the Brewers and gave up 4 runs – 2 solo HR, 2 BB, 3 K.
We all know Ben Sheets only too well. Unfortunately.
This year, he’s 5-1 in 10 GS with a 2.93 ERA – 9 HR, 12 BB, 55 K in 67.2 IP. Lifetime vs Houston, he’s 10-8 in 25 GS with a 3.86 ERA and in his start vs Houston earlier this year, he gave up 4 ER/6 IP.
Sunday, it’s Shawn Chacon vs Dave Bush
Shawn has started 11 G: 68.1 IP – 65 H, 12 HR, 28 BB, 47 K: 3.95 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, .255 BAA
He’s thrown 10 innings at Miller Park – 3 ER, 0 HR, 7 BB, 8 K
vs the Brewers: over the past 3 years, he’s thrown 17.1 innings: 13 H, 2 ER, 8 BB, 12K: 2.31 ERA and a .206 BAA
Dave Bush is a mediocre pitcher except when he’s facing the Astros: this is a guy with a career line of 4.64 /1.27/.286 but when facing the Astros, he’s 3.45/1.10/.265. He’s 4-1 in 8 GS and 4 in relief over 57.1 IP: 56 H, 4 HR, 7 BB, 42 K
This year, however, Bush has, um, struggled – in fact, he was sent down and only recalled because Yovanni Gallardo injured himself and had season ending surgery.
He’s 1-5 in 9 GS(2 QS)†and 1 in relief: 53.2 IP – 56 H, 12 HR, 19 BB, 27 K:†6.04 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, .269 BAA
– note: I’m going to be incredibly busy this weekend, so posting might could be very short, but I will reply to all comments and emails sooner or later.