He didn’t start the game, Bogusevic did, but J Happ only managed to last 4 innings – 6 runs given up and wasn’t none of it lousy fielding, just lousy pitching.
You KNOW if Happ had been picked by Purpura, he’s have been thrown out on his ass with Towles, CJ and Wallace. I just don’t know what to say about Happ that I haven’t already said. He throws an incredible number of pitches which get fouled off. He threw 100 pitches and 63 strikes. 5 of the strikes were swing and miss and 3 of those were from the pitcher.
I will say in his defense that he got squoze a little bit – 6 pitches that were strikes called balls – and 2 of em on his last batter faced, McGehee – pitches 2 and 4 were CLEARLY strikes.
Anyway, JB not only singled his first time at bat – and nice clean single up the middle – he stole his first ML base with Bourgeois batting, but Altuve didn’t drive him in from third, so no run scored.
Brownie and JD (now I guess I’m going to have to say Deshaeis seeing as how we now have a player named JD) said more than once that the Organization has already penciled in JB (all we need now is a JC) as a 4th OF because he doesn’t steal enough to play center (like Schafer does???) and he doesn’t hit with enough power to play right (and like they are thinking WHO hits with enough power to play right???). He looked pretty good in right with the glove, but arm wasn’t impressive.
The game – well, nothing much to report except that Gallardo was nails, the Astros left the bases loaded in the second, 1 out, and Corey Hart hit a homer to the Conoco Pump offn Aneury Rod (he sure nuff have given up some LONG homers, hasn’t he?) The young guys didn’t do real too much against Gallardo, but he IS a very VERY good ML pitcher and I wasn’t surprised.
Clank snapped his ofer 23 with a single – and speaking of ofers, Enerio was good enough to help Craig Counsell snap his 0fer 45. I remember that Brad Ausmus was like ofer 40 in June 06 – his BA dropped from over 300 to like 200.
And Matt Downs made the first really GOOD play I’ve ever seen him make, barehanding a ball at third to throw out Kotsay – and yeah, he’s not fast any more, but it was still a good play.
Tomorrow, we face Chris Narveson again – we faced him last week – he gave up 3 runs in 6.2 IP – we came back against K-rod, but Froddy blew the save and Astros, as usual, lost.