The Wand Man was great – 7 IP, 5 hits (3 doubles, 2 of em to Uncle) 6 K, 1 genuinely earned run and 2 more unearned – a botched GIDP and a Pence error. He reached on error and scored a run and got ROBBED of a bloop hit to right center when Daniel Descalso (the second baseman) made an AMAZING leap and grab.
Wandy is one of the top pitchers wanted in trades, I hear tell. I always have difficulty believing how overlooked he is, not only by the baseball media in general, but by Astros fans – too many are stuck back in 2006. I am hoping, of course, that we keep him and trade the ol WB.
Altuve became a Real Astro today when he grounded into two double plays!!! and screwed one up. But he also drove in the first run with a sac-fly, so it wasn’t a totally lost game. He looks pretty good with the glove at second, the screwed up GIDP notwithstanding.
No Lance Berkman – his shoulder is bothering him. The Cards are so low on position players that after Melancon faced Pujols and Holiday in the 9th and got them out, the pinch hitter was Kyle Lohse and his .150 BA. No, I am not kidding. They started with backup catcher Laird, who was pulled after the second inning – I missed why, then the second backup catcher, Tony Cruz, hurt his hand on a Carlos Lee backswing and Yadi had to come into the game. Hard to believe they didn’t have anyone else left (guess The Riot was also hurt/sick), but at least TLR has lots and lots of nice new pitchers after getting rid of that troublemaker Colby Rasmus.
I’m not going to be mean enough to say anything about how it is easier to win games – and we’ve actually won 2 in a ROW!!!!! when the opposition is low on position players.
We’re off to Milwaukee to face Randy Wolf and Jordan Lyles is gonna try for that all important first W. I wonder how late into the year they are gonna have him pitch. He looks tired to me. Milwaukee just lost Rickie Weeks, who hurt his ankle yesterday – so hopefully, now that their one basestealing threat is gone, we can win one for the Jordie. Or is it Lylesie?