Jordan pitched great for 8 innings – only 2 solo homers, 2 runs (gotta say, it’s weird to see him wearing Brandon Backe’s number.) The kid is 20 years old, he’s thrown 103 pitches. We have a tie game and we can’t send out, say David Carpenter for the 9th or a few innings?
Nope, we need to toughen the kid up, right. So out he goes for the 9th, immediately gives up a single, then a sac-bunt. Ryan Zimmerman, one of the best hitters in the NL is up, man on second, 1 out. So it’s best to leave in a tired 20 year old kid, right? Of course. And of course, Zim drives in the run.
So it’s 1 out, man on second, so why is best to bring in? Why not the guy who strands only 38% of his baserunners? Yeah, that’s the ticket.
And that was the ballgame. Of course, when Wiltie-poo lets the run score, it gets charged to poor Lyles, who gets another L. John Franco LIVES!!! We all know the Astros ain’t coming back – not against Drew Storen – no point in bothering to watch.
We had Clank playing first and Jason Michaels playing left – and this with a righty pitcher. I’m starting to really REALLY hate Broakie/Millsie-poo. He ain’t gonna save his job playing the old and lousy. Only reason we didn’t see Downsie-doo out there too is because he on paternity leave. I’d rather watch all the young guys and callups getting their heads beat in – at least they’d be learning to play. It’s really mind shudderingly terrible to think that after we dump Pence, Bourn, kepp and Wandy, that we’ll have to see this collection of horrid.
It is getting harder and harder to watch this disspirited, lifeless team. I like how Brownie pointed out that the Astros have the best bullpen ERA in the NL since July 4. I notice he didn’t mention inherited runners scoring. I like how Brownie mentions that Clank has the second most doubles in the NL. Like isn’t that special? Should we mention how many times he has NOT driven in runners with all the chances he’s had - about 1 fer 5.
Tomorrow, it’s Happ-less vs Jordan Zimmerman, RHP and his 2.66 ERA/1.07 WHIP and .237 BAA. He’s just 25, has been in the bigs for 3 years, took off like 12 months for Tommy John surgery and is doing as well as he did before he got hurt. This guy is exactly the guy that the Astros avoid like the plague – he costs MONEY to sign.
Anyway, the Astros only faced him once – about 2 years ago, after he’d gotten hurt and before he shut it down and went under the knife and he lost, giving up 4 runs in 6.1 IP. He’s not hurt this time. He’s only given up more than 3 runs once since the beginning of May (4 runs to the ?Cubs?!!) and hasn’t pitched fewer than 6 innings.