Wandy gave up just 5 hard hit balls, but one of em was a Crawford Box popup – just got under a curve that hung just a lil and another just made it over the fence in right – FB was high and outside, too – for one of those 350′ homers and just like that his Win was gone. He had only given up one run on a triple on a thigh high inside FB to the left of the RF bullpen to Joey Votto and then a long RBI single to the LF bullpen – and THAT FB was right down the middle – he’s lucky it didn’t go out.
It was great watching Bogusevic play LF instead of Clank. He didn’t get a hit, but he drew 2 walks and scored a run. In fact, every starter in the lineup except Wandy got on base tonight – the guys drew NINE walks. That must be some sort of record for 8.1 innings – I mean, since Bagwell and Berkman were both drawing 100 walks a year. What is really kewl is that every run scored was by a guy who drew a walk and went hitless. Bet THAT is pretty rare with this team, too.
Pence played hero tonight too – hitting the game winning double – reached for a low, outside FB (poor Leake – it is just exactly the pitch he should have made that Hunter usually swings at and misses) and just kind of golfed it to the RF corner – plenty of time for JR, who runs VERY well, to easily score standing up. Had a couple of great plays, too.
But we really got lucky – they guys went 1 fer 6 with RISP. And left at least 1 MOB in every inning of the 4 innings Volquez lasted: man on first in the 1st; man on 3rd in the 2nd; men on 1st and 3rd with 1 out in the thrd; man on second in the 4th (second time for JR leaving a RISP). Then Sam LeCure came on (he kicked Astro ass in the game he started against us before he got put in the bullpen. Went 1,2,3 in the 5th, left man on first 1 out in the 6th. Logan Ondrusek pitched the 7th, loaded the bases with 2 out and Downs left em all. Nick Masset got 1,2,3 in the 8th and – well, yall know what happened to Mike Leake. Wonder why he got put in the bullpen – he had 4 of 5 QS in April and of course, he had that 7 ER/3.2 IP against us in the beginning of May, but not sure why he got pulled from the rotation. He doesn’t seem to be doing real too well there.
We have a day off tomorrow, then the Mets come to town.
Jim Crane is apparently attempting to buy this ballclub with only 75-100 mill of his own money – he is going to “finance” 250 mill of the 680 that Drayton wants. That is even worse than Frank McCourt and I sure hope that Bud Selig refuses such a highly leveraged offer. I’m not surprised that Drayton will try to push this through because he’d end up with about 50-100 mill more than he would with offers from the other groups which are NOT leveraged. Bud didn’t like Crane when he went to get the Rangers and he put in more money than this. And anyone who thinks that Crane will be this great owner – all I can say is Frank McCourt. Drayton didn’t have a debt load and Crane is going to have to put incoming money from MLBAM/RSN toward the debt load – and I’m not sure that he wouldn’t exceed it.
This is very bad news.
For ONCE, I hope that Bud doesn’t screw the Astros franchise.