I think that this is only like the 4th series that the Astros have won all year and yes I am pulling that number out of my, uh, memory, but I AM sure that we haven’t won a series since beating the Dodgers back in June. No, May – maybe April. It was a long LONG time ago.
What is even more shocking is that pinch hitter Jason Michaels drove in the winning run in the 11th and that the bullpen didn’t cough it up between the 7th and the end. Lopez pitched 2 innings for the W, but he came in to start innings, no men on base – he does better that way.
Yesterday, J Happ, as usual, sukt. It wasn’t entirely his fault as the HP ump squeezed him tightern a boa – the worse a pitcher does, the more he gets squoze by umps, but he got almost no calls at the knees or on the black. Deshaeis said more than once that Happ looked almost nervous or even uncertain up there on the mound – he was, but both times he got the out with MOB, game on the line. He gave up two 2 run homers. Watching Michael Morse, I’m still wondering why Seattle gave up on him.
I particularly remember him because he’s the guy who had a badly injured leg and took off a year and used (all together now – SHUDDER!!) anabolic steroids while not playing, to heal his leg. Fortunately, he had never hit home runs, so people forgot about it quickly. Still took him a couple of years to heal his leg and regain his strength. Good thing he plays for some team don’t nobody important in the media know about or I’m sure they’d be saying how he’s a steroid creation. Or some such nonsense.
Where was I?
Oh yeah. Anyway, J Happ-less managed to last 5.1 innings – impressive – he left with a man on first, who stole second and came in to score when Froddy couldn’t get the last 2 outs right off. But he left with the Astros still leading 7-6. Micahel Bourn and Clint Barmes knocked in 6 of those runs, too.
And I guess someone in the media DID ask Millsie-poo why on earth he benched Brettsie against a leftie and he said that Jason Michaelsie was 7 fer 10 against Marquis – the usual small sample size silliness. So he went 1 fer 4 with 3 Ks and left 3 on base.
Mellie came to pitch the 9th – got 2 outs, then had a HBP, then a walk, and FINALLY got the last out.
Hitting? The kewlest was Quintero’s squeeze with 1 out in the 4th with CJ on 3rd – it was a safety and not a suicide – CJ didn’t take off until he saw that the bunt was down right and Q laid a nice one to the first base side of the mound and the throw was too late to get him out. Which let Happ lay down the usual sac bunt. And with runners on second and third, Bourn hit an opposite field double to drive em both in. Maybe we should hit HIM 3rd.
Jose Altuve debuted – had 2 shallow flyouts, 1 flyout to deep center, one swinging K and his first ML hit, a single to right. Lets root root root for the lil GUY!!!
Day off tomorrow, then we’re off to face Big Z and one of our main competetors for Last Place in the majors, the C*bs. They’ve fallen bout as fast and hard as we have. It is, by the way, all Carlos Zambrano’s fault – you disbelieve me, check the fans/media. If he pitched like Pedro 1999 or Roger 1997 then they would have won the Series. Or something. Anyway, Bud Norris faces him Friday night – and Bud better be VERY careful if the wind is blowing out…