What an amazing ballgame!!!
And after the embarrassment of Friday (the unis rocked, but the Astros GOT rocked) and poor Kyle Weiland’s solid 3 run 7 inning job (do NOT hang sliders to Matt Kemp because he goes all Uncle Albert on em – speaking of whom – he is hitting .262 with only 7 doubles, NO homers and a .694 OPS??? He’s missing us!!!)
Last start, Wandy threw 7 even better innings, got jobbed by poor Astros fielding and lost 1-0.
He wasn’t quite as good this one, but he gave up only 3 singles and 3 walks and Jose Altuve made an absolutely magnificent catch near the RF stands on a Matt Kemp foul ball in the first – I took that as a good omen. People are starting to compare him to Carlos Beltran (giggle) but honestly, it’s still better to pitch to the guy because he gets himself out more than he gets on. Just like Barry Lamar, who nobody dares to compare Kemp to, because Barry is still A Bad Guy!!!! Interesting that the early days of Junior Griffey are already long since forgotten, and nobody remembers Eric Davis, who shoulda woulda coulda been one of the best baseball players of all times – and I remember when I was a kid I thought he’d end up being better than Barry Lamar.
but I digress…
So in the bottom of the first, Jordan Schafer struck out (he’s leading the team) then Lowrie reached on error – Juan Rivera, an OF playing first because Loney can’t face leftys, screwed up a dead easy toss and Lowrie reached. JD flew out, then Clank hit one into the Crawford Boxes. Jim Deshaeis is dead right about it being silly to bat Altuve, hitting .360, in the 8 hole; Millsie-poo wants Jed Lowrie in the 2-hole because Jed is a switch hitter, even though he can’t hit near as well as Altuve and from what I’ve seen, can’t bunt either. Anyway, Clank hits a 2 run homer – 2 UER, but hey, they COUNT!
In the second, Hairston walks and steals second (Jason Castro hasn’t thrown out one single batter this year, no matter WHO he’s caught) but he didn’t get anywhere. We’re up – CJ singles (he has GOT to stop swinging at bad pitches. At least he’s fielding well – I hope that saying so doesn’t jinx him) then Castro walks, Altuve flies out, then Wandy walks on 5 pitches (sorry, it WAS 5 balls) and bases loaded and all yall know how bad the Stros have done with bases loaded this year (like 3 fer 14) and Jordan Schafer pokes one over the RF wall – barely, but Ethier couldn’t time his leap just right and only nicked it, so it was
Astros 6 Dodgers zippo
Can you believe it????
3rd – Wandy gives up a walk to Ellis, but gets 1,2,3 – and Matt Kemp hits the hardest hit ball of the night – a lazy FB to the RF bullpen warning track. Billingsly pulls himself together and gets 1,2,3 out. CJ has GOT to stop swinging at crappy pitches!!!
4th – Wandy gives up a walk, then Ethier barely beats out what shoud have been a 4-6-3, but Wandy doesn’t notice and gets the next 2 eats. Then the Astros are up and stuff happens.
Jason hits what SHOULD be an easy flyball to dead center, but Matt Kemp misjudges the ball, comes forward and it goes over his head, rolls up the Hill and Castro ends up at 3rd – if that had been someone with speed, it would have been an intheparker. I never understand why on earth that is never an error. Shrug- good for us, bad for them. Then Jose walks and Wandy is up again. Remember that last time he tried to bunt and he got walked. Squeeze this time? Nope. This time, Wandy pulls the bat back, swings away and hits the ball right back at Billingsley, a dead easy 1-6-3, right?
Wrong, because Billingsley mades a very bad throw, Gordon gets the error for missing that bad throw (how stupid), Wandy and Altuve are safe and Castro trots home and Wandy gets his first RBI of the year. JD is right – Billingsley SHOULD have thrown to third because they would have had Castro dead, was way off third.
So it’s Astros 7 Dodgers zip. And Schafer hits into a dead easy 3-6-1, but Rivera, the first baseman, makes a terrible throw to second and he only gets Wandy out and it’s men on first and third. So Billingsley has come undone, throws 3 wide ones to Lowrie, then throws a WP and Altuve scores and Schafer goes to third.
Mattingly takes pity on poor Billingsley and finally pulls him – I was wondering if this was gonna be one of those 11 run Brandon Backe/Woody Williams take one for the team type games. So in comes our old friend Jamey Wright – I remember him best from the Giants game in 06 when Russ Springer deliberately hit (or did he) Barry Lamar and Barry told Jamey he was absolutely NOT to retaliate – and naturally the Barry Lamars won that game. Julio Daniel Martinez hits the ball to third and Juan Uribe, playing 3rd, looks very worn out and very tired, tosses the ball to second – and it sure looks to me like Jed Lowrie beat that throw, but I guess the ump figured that the Dodgers needed a break and called him out while Schafer scored. Clank gets out.
Astros 9 Dodgers zip
5th inning – Wandy is at 70 pitches and I’m hoping he can get a few quick 1,2,3 so he can have a CG. But no, 14 pitches for 1,2,3 out. Bottom of the inning, CJ is HBP (and you KNOW that was an (can you believe this?!) and Castro drives him in with a single up the middle. Then Altuve and Wandy ground out and it’s
Astros 10 Dodgers zip
6th inning – Ellis singles, with Kemp up, Castro completely misses a high FB and gets charged with a PB, but Wandy strikes out Kemp swinging on a wicked curveball. Hehhehheh. Wandy gets the next 2 outs, no prob. Bottom of the 6th – Schafer flies out, Lowrie singles, Julio Ks, then Clank hits a dead easy grounder to Uribe, who boots it, then Bogu walks and bases are loaded. But CJ grounds out. Sigh. It’s the bases loaded curse.
7th inning: single, K 5-4-3 GIDP. CJ isn’t hitting for power, but at least he’s fielding well. Wright is out, a lefty named Scott Elber is in. Castro and Altuve K. Marwin Gonzalez hits a pinch hit single (Wandy is out after 107 pitches – too bad this wasn’t the last game because he was only at 87 after 7 when he was pulled for a PH) then Jason Maxwell, PH for Schafer singles, but Lowrie pops up. So much for the switch hitting thingy. That’s 5 guys stranded in the past 2 innings, but fortunately we’re still ahead by 10. But I’m remembering Roy-O’s game against the ChiSox in 06 in which he was leading 10-1 after 7, then Qualls, Wheeler and Lidge ALL gave up homers to tie the score…
8th inning – Fernando Rod comes in and he has had, uh, difficulty, so far this year and I’m hoping he doesn’t go all BoSox bullpen and blow Wandy’s W. So James Loney, who has come into the game to play 1st where he belongs, singles (he LUUUUVVVS hitting at home here at the Box), then Froddy gets 2 outs, then he gives up a double to left center to Tony Gwynn Jr – I didn’t realize he wasn’t still with the Padres – I remember Milwaukee trading him there a few years back, but he was with the Dodgers last year too (signed as a FA.) But then he gets Rivera to GO to 3rd – and that was a very tough play.
Bottom of the 8th, it’s Mike MacDougal, the Stork. Julio grounds out (it isn’t his night) then Matt Downs, who has come into the game and Clank is out, singles, then Bogu doubles off the scoreboard (a fast runner woulda scored, yes) then CJ singles to the 5.5 hole and drives in Downs!!! YAY!!!! (Sorry – I like CJ, what can I say) Castro flies out, then Jose Altuve beats out a grounder to third (like I said, Uribe looks very very old) and Bogu scored. Marwin Ks and it’s
Astros 12 Dodgers zip
9th – Brandon Lyon comes in and gets out, single, 6-4-3. Marwin Gonzalez made a great grab and Altuve made a GREAT turn and throw. Can’t believe it, but Marwin looks like a better hitting and better fielding SS than Jed Lowrie. But you know how it is, until Jed gets an owie, he’s gonna be the starter pretty much no matter HOW bad he is.
And we’re off to meet the Brew Crew. It’s Lucas Harrell vs Zack Greinke. Lucas threw 6.2 very good innings vs the Nats last time out, giving up 4 H, 3 BB and 1 run over 6.2 IP but had nothing to show for it because the bullpen and Astros hitters sucked.
Greinke is unbeaten at Miller Park, where he is 12-0 and the Crew is 19-0 in all of his starts. He has a 5.09 ERA over his first 3 starts, but that is because he let the Cubs beat him like a drum at Wrigley giving up 8 runs over 3.2 IP. His other 2 starts at home, he went 7 innings each and gave up 4 hits/no runs vs the Cards and 4 H, 2 walks, 2 runs vs the Dodgers.
Reminds me of Roy-O’s streak against the Reds in which he remained unbeaten for something like 20 games. Of course, the TEAM lost a few of those games even though HE didn’t…