JD homered for the first time since April 13 – yes, it HAS been that long. He also got a single on a grounder in the hole at short – so things seem to be turning his way, which is good, especially seeing as how he was hitting in the 3 hole again.
Lucas Harrell was on a very VERY short leash – after the 4th inning, the minute anyone got on base, there was bullpen activity. He didn’t strike out anyone, not even the pitcher, but went 7.1 innings and was immediately pulled with 1 out, 1 on – it was a single. And he got Francoed by Wesley Wright, who gave up a walk and a single, and by Wilton Lopez, who was immediately yanked after giving up a single to the only batter he faced – looks like HE’S on a short leash too.
Question is, if Brandon Lyon is the setup man, why wasn’t HE sent in to protect the lead in the 8th? Why all the TLR revolving pitchers nonsense?
Good thing that JD hit that homer in the 4th, because the Astros, as usual, left all kinds of guys on base – the most egregious being in the top of the 8th with JD on 3rd and Carlos on second – he had just hit a double down the LF like. Bogu, called in the PH now that the pitcher was a righty, grounded out weakly and JD couldn’t score. So for ONCE, Millsie-poo calls for the squeeze and Justin Maxwell either missed the sign or had a total brain fart because he was going to swing away and he just made a quick checked swing and JD, not exactly Mr. Speedy, was caught between 3rd and home – bet he’s never stolen home in his life, and so naturally, he was dead meat. That was just flat out ridiculous. I suppose Maxwell is saying he’s never bunted in his life, or something.
Anyway, after Abad and Fernando Rodriguez stranded bases loaded after Wilton Lopez walked in a run, Brett Myers made things exciting with 2 outs when Tony Gwynn Jr hit one of those infield squibbers that you can’t field and then went to second on a WP. But Myers got Elian Herrerra, called up to fill in in the IF because of all the injuries, to K.
Dodgers are still the winningest team in baseball, even with Matt Kemp out, and tonight, it’s Bud Norris and his May 0.35 ERA vs Chad Billingsley, who has had more than a little trouble with the Astros in the past.
Man I hate those West Coast games and the 9:15 starts – already doing something else by the time the games start.