Henry Sosa gave up 4 runs over 5 IP = your standard 5th starter. Only 4 hits and a walk, but unfortunately for him, one of the hits was a 3 run homer.
Wesley Wright, called up a few days ago when Fulchino was sent down, threw a 1,2,3 6th. Then Wilton Lopez started the 7th, gave up a HBP, a single, a K – so it’s first and 3rd, 1 out (the usual Wilton story this year), then the next guy hits a ball to Paredes and the man on 3rd gets called out in a rundown. Next batter is lefty, so naturally it’s goo-bah Wilton, hello Escalona – who gets the lefty out.
So he starts the 8th, gets one out, makes an error, screwing up an easy comebacker, then a single. Then it’s a righty, Miggy Tejada, who can’t hit wet paper, so naturally you have to call in a righty.
Which is Froddy who gives up a single to load the bases. 1 out. The next guy flies out to JD, about 20′ in front of the scoreboard, about the middle of it. Nate Schierholz, a GOOD runner, is on third, and he tags up and sprints for home. Brownie says something about well, this is gonna break the tie, but JD Martinez rockets a perfect throw to Corporan, who blocks the plate and Schierholz is OUT. Clank woulda lobbed it in casually to third.
He pitches the 9th and isn’t exactly much better – starts off by giving up a single and gets lucky when the guy is thrown by Altuve after being caught off first. Which is lucky for Froddy because he gets a K, then gives up 2 straight singles and a walk before getting Schierholz to fly out leaving bases loaded. Poor guy – it wasn’t his night.
Melancon comes in to pitch the 10th – I figure he’s good for 2 innings, then it’s Aneury – I guess, to finish out however many more innings are left because there ain’t nobody else left seeing as how Millsie-poo runs thru relievers. So he gives up a single, Miggy Tejada GIDP (remember, he’s good at that) and gets a FO to Shuck.
Did I mention that Jason frigging Michaels started in right again – him and his .219 OBP – because Millsie-poo doesn’t trust Bogusevic or Shuck to face a lousy AAA lefty reliever trying to start. Either Ed Wade has ordered him to do this or he’s just an idiot.
So in the 11th, Maalox gives up a walk then throws a nice fat FB belt high outer third to Sandoval who sends it over the LF fence.
Stros go 1,2,3 against some AAA callup guy.
As for the Houston offense, it was all done against the lefty reliever, who was pulled with 2 outs in the second after 4 runs had scored.
Stros didn’t manage much more against a parade of relievers – Barmes K with 2 on 2 out in the 5th. They had a chance in the 9th – Corporan, who had earlier GIDP with bases loaded, was HBP, then Sanchez walked. Altuve, hitting .322, who has singled and driven in 2 runs already, is asked to sac bunt, giving up a precious out.
I’m not against sac-bunts. In fact, I’d like to see a few more squeezes, and I’d like to see Corporan sac-bunting or anyone else who can’t hit. But NOT a guy hitting over .300!!! And Bourgeois and JD don’t do the job and that was all she wrote as nobody did nothin in the 10th and 11th.
Should I mention that Clank left SEVEN men on base? He is sporting a 104 OPS+ which is better than last year’s 92, but he really shouldn’t be hitting cleanup. Yeah, I know – money.
So far, all the callups and Bogu are doing a bangup job. Really, it’s too bad we can’t bench Clank and call up Cody Hinze. Or let Bogu play first. Wallace is hitting at AAA, LOTS of singles. Chris Wallace, in case you’re curious, hasn’t played in 6 games because he got hit on the wrist with a pitch, but his OPS is 901.
Tomorrow, we’re off to Coors to face righty Jhoulys Chacin. Yes, righty, which means that we won’t hafta sudffer through Michaels clomping around in right and flailing, I mean failing at the plate. Jordan Schafer is getting called up and so naturally, he’s gonna play center because Ed Wade traded for him, never minid how well our own guys are going. The guy hasn’t hit well since “everyone” thought he was gonna be the next Mickey Mantle (or maybe jim Edmonds) or something because of his hitting at A ball. One of the many reasons I don’t really pay no never mind to A ball.
Anyway, he started on the ML team in 08, had a dismal 600 OPS over 167 AB, got sent down, then got hurt.
He was in the minors all of 09, posting a robust 500 OPS at AAA over 189 AB – he had a few others at A and AA – didn’t exactly stand out there neither.
This year at AAA Atlanta, he had a .633 OPS over 164 AB and at the ML level (they were desperate for SOME CF besides Nate McLouth before they got a REAL CF from us) he had a .623 OPS over 196 AB.
The guy hasn’t hit worth spit since he was at A ball, yet, he’s the centerpiece of a trade. Well, I could be wrong and he could re-create his A ball stats – youneverknow. But I think that he’s one of those guys who the scouts/baseball people LUUUUVVVV (kind of like Jeff Francoeur) because he looks like ballplayer or he has a swing like Mickey or he’s got a magic sort of personality like Francoeur – he’s the Justin Bieber to the screaming hordes of moaning sportswriters.
And Jordan Lyles has been kind of shut down – he’s been sent to AAA to pitch an inning every 3rd to 4th day so he doesn’t get overstressed even though he SEZ he feels fine. Which he might could but I know better than to believe ballplayers talking about how they feel fine… Guess Aneury will be starting – either that or one of Ed Wade’s new trade guys gonna start.