We get rid of Matt Downs and suddenly we start winning. This is terrible – we’ll have a really tough time reaching that all time loss record now.
Dallas Keuchel pitched very well. 6 hits, no walks, 6 K over 6 IP – gave up 2 runs he shouldn’t have because Brett Wallace is just NOT a third baseman. CJ looks like Scott Rolen next to him.
Wilton blew the save in the 9th, pitched a scoreless 10th and got the W.
Milwaukee’s new closer, Jim Henderson, can’t close any better than Jon Axford or the remnants of K-Rod.
Wesley Wright had another one of those days when he couldn’t get his leftys out, but Mickey Storey, who is lookin good, saved his butt by getting the last out. Mickey isn’t an Astros success storey, hahaha, seeing as how he was drafted by the Athletics in the 31st round of the 08 draft and traded to the Astros – probably after being put on waivers, last June. I love guys like Mickey (and Altuve) who beat the odds.
And speaking of Altuve, he just had his 40th multi-hit game. I hear tell that Luhnow refused to trade him, even for really good prospects. Guess he’s waiting until Altuve hits arb.
Pirates almost got no-hit tonight by Jason Eff Marquis (now with the Padres – bet he’s sorry he’s not with the Nats no mo.) They seem to have hit a wall – suddenly, James McDonald can’t pitch worth a darn and the hitting has dropped off and the Nats seem unstoppable. Their GM insists that they are gonna shut down Strasburg playoffs or no playoffs. Why on earth don’t they just DL him DURING the season – you know, pulled eyelash or something, give him 3-4 weeks rest, then get him going again, if they are so worried about his arm. Not having your ace pitcher in the playoffs is kind of not the best idea – remember the Cardinals trying to win in 04 without Chris Carpenter?
Playoffs. The Astros used to be in them. A LOT. I checked my old blog entries and scorebooks, and yep, I am remembering rightly. Those were the days…
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