Hats off to Sergio Escalona, who was the only Astros pitcher to give up no hits, walks or ROE in his outing – 1 inning; Melancon gave up a single, but got the other 3 outs without giving up a run.
Hats off to Michael Bourn, who scored the only runs – was a homer short of the cycle. He went 4 fer 5 – 2 doubles, a triple and a single, but no stolen bases. Angel Sanchez drove him in once, but he/Pence/Michaels/Clank/everyone else stranded him the other 2 times.
Hats off to Brett Wallace for earning his first sombrero this year. And an error which allowed a run to score.
Hats off to Carlos Corporan for getting his first ML hit this year.
And to Keppinger for making the 3rd out with men on second and third.
Hats off to Brad Mills for his dumbest comment of the year – explaining to The Media how, in spite of the fact that Melancon has pitched, uh, great, that Brandon Lyon would be “eased back” into the closer’s role because he is a veteran so it – get this – “is the right thing to do” – and all I can say is that if that didn’t come as an order from Fast Eddie/Tal/Drayton, that Mills has just sunk below Cecil Cooper in maroon-hood. Those 3 are already WELL below the Cooper line.
You notice that Jason Michaels is being given playing time over Jason Bourgeois, in spite of the fact that Bourgeois is outplaying him in every way. Wanna bet that THAT is also, uh, “the right thing to do” and THAT comes from Fast Eddie?
Tomorrow, Jordan Lyles plays his first home game, facing Mike Minor. I sure wish I wasn’t working – I’d actually WANT to go to the ballpark and check him out personally before he gets sent back down – I’m sure he’s gonna be, as Wandy is coming back on Monday. Unless Aneury is sent to the bullpen/released/sent back to the Rays. It would be a shame to put him in the bullpen, because he was even worse as a reliever. I’d hate to get rid of Fernando Rodriguez, who is outpitching Fulchino and Wilton Lopez. But you know how Fast Eddie is…
Mike Minor is a lefty, so you KNOW that Wallace and Bourn will be benched. We faced Minor last year, when he first was called up – he gave up 4 R – 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K – over 6 IP.
This year, he’s made 3 starts – gave up 5 runs/4.1 IP vs the Crew; 1 R/5.2 IP vs the Bucs and 3 R/6 IP vs the Pads. Yeah, small sample size, I know.
Jordan best bring his A PLUS game – the Braves are hitting well in spite of Prado (and Heyward) being on the DL again and Chipper being on his last (hahahaha) legs.