1st inning – Hand looked VERY good – struck out Bourn on 3 pitches. Walked Sanchez on 4, then struck out Bourn and Pence swinging on a GOOD breaker.
Happ walked 2 and got 3 FB outs – he was, in fact, lucky that Hanley Ramirez’ flyout wasn’t at the Box because it would have been into the CBoxes. 21 pitches
2nd inning – Hand got 1,2,3 outs. Happ struck out the side. Of course, he started off the second with his THIRD walk of the game to Astro killer Mike Cameron. He then, of course, gave up a massive homer like 450′ to Mike Stanton. And another double, but stranded the runner.
3rd inning: Hand got Bourn and Quintero, back from ther DL out on 3 pitches. At least Happ himsef managed to get Hand to waste 8 pitches. Happ started the inning with ANOTHER walk. Naturally. I have NO idea how he ever strikes anyone out. Hanley Ramirez outran a 4-6-3. Logan Morrison then hit a liner to Clank to double off Ramirez.
4th inning: Pence walks, but Clank pops up and Kepp flies out. Hand has 4 no hit innings so far on 61 pitches. Happ came back out – Cameron struck out, Stanton walked on 4 pitches and Happ picked him off – very kewl. He gave up a 19 pitch walk to John Buck, not hitting his weight, then struck out Hand on 3 pitches. Thank goodness for ONE person in the lineup who can’t hit or walk. 4 innings, five walks, 86 pitches.
5th inning: Barmes broke up the nono with a clean single, but he got stranded. At least we won’t get no hit. Maybe that’s bad – a nono would be more interesting. Happ came out – more suckage. Single, sac-bunt, strikeout, intentional walk to Hanley (I hate IBB – and this is his SEVENTH walk) to pitch to Logan Morrison. The lefty lefty thingy, as usual. Only it backfires bcause Morrison hits a smash off the left center wall and both runners trot home. Sigh.
Sanchez singles but is stranded. At least it took 22 pitches.
6th – Happ goes back out although he’s at 108 pitches. Stanton struck out this time, then Buck singled and Hand sac bunted him over.
In comes Del Rosario – Bonifacio singles – Sanchez, playing 3rd again, can’t get a chopper. Then Infante singles in the run before getting the out. Del Rosario is the guy who has let half his inherited runners score. So WHY??? is he being sent in?
Not that it matters because we’re already down 5.
7th – Hand gave up a walk – yes, the Astros have managed THREE walks, but they’ve all been stranded.
And that was all he needed, really. The hitters had returned to their pre-closed doors listlessness and Randy Choate and Cjsnek wiped the floor with them the other 2 innings. Ending with Clank on first with 1 out and forgetting that there was only 2 out – running on contact when Kepp hit a flyout to shallow left and getting doubled off – he was already on 3rd when the ball was caught. And that is really the quick summary of the Astros 2011 season.
Like the old song goes – it makes a grrrrl ashamed to be a Stros fannnnnnn…. (you know, to – it makes a fella proud to be an Astro)
Only the 4th time this year that the Astos have been shutout. Happ is now 3-11. He’s REALLY bad – last time he threw a decent game was June 15th vs the Pirates – 2 runs in 5 innings. Last time he had a QS was June 3 vs the Pads – 4 ER/6 IP. He had a no run support loss. And the start before that he had a ND vs the Dbax – 2 H, 4 W, 1 run/6 IP – poor run support and no bullpen. The usual.
Oh yeah – remember Felipe Paulino, ;ast year’s hard luck loser? Well, he’s starting for KC – another losing team – but he’s started 7 games and has a 3.38 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP – of course, he has a bad record there, but he’s done a LOT better than Happ-less.
Tomorrow, it’s Javy Vazquez who has been one of the worst starters in the NL. He’s pitched really lousy at home – 7 GS over 19 IP with a 6.89 ERA. The guys have just GOT to do something with a Figgy quality pitcher.