Either that or Johan Santana, couldn’t tell.
Now, every single starting pitcher has been clemensed at least twice! Isn’t that special???
Anyhow, Woody Williams FINALLY pitches fairly well, has a quality start – 3 ER/7 IP, and wouldn’t you know, he runs into Paul Maholm, a crappy lefty who pitches the best game of his career, shuts the Astros out on 3 piddly singles.
And thank GAWD Biggio led off the game with a hit so I didn’t have to sit for innings worrying that we’d get no-hit, as I did moren a few times last year. We got shut out 13 times last year, in case you were curious, and 19 times in 05 – three by the freaking Pirates.
Well Woody, welcome to the Astros – you’ve got 2 QS and have a L and a ND to show for it.
Woody gave up 9 hits – 1 homer. Yes, it would have been only 2 runs if Chris Burke hadn’t dropped that fly ball in the first inning when he hit the wall, but we still would have lost 2-0. As usual, Woody gave up a lot of long fly balls, more in the first few innings, as usual. And Woody most definitely owes Adam Everett for saving him 2 runs when he stopped Paulino’s shot that would have rolled into left and scored at LEAST 1 more run – which is what happened repeatedly yesterday when Loretta was at short. I hope Phil was watching THAT.
Mo Ensberg was scratched from the lineup just before the game – I heard he had tweaked his ankle yesterday, but he pinch hit and his hitting streak is ovah.
Biggio got 2 hits and is now down to 52.
Berkman didn’t hit and Carlos Lee looked sad. In fact, he’s been slumping since we went back on the road – he has 3 walks, 2 singles and a double in 26 PA – his average has falled from .340 to .260.
Boy was Phil PISSED OFF – he was really mad at Burke for dropping that ball – although he did make 2 other very VERY good catches – but as I said, losing 2-0 isn’t different than losing 3-0.
I would bet the guys are good and tired from the non-stop traveling and losing the off day. We’re facing a lefty tomorrow and so Biggio will play, and I hope Ensberg is able to play tomorrow because he’s the only guy who has been hitting consistently.