RA Dickey threw 44 pitches in the first inning, and looks like the knuckler didn’t knuckle real too much – lots of pitches high up in the zone and the Astros batted around, scoring 4. Michael Bourn led off with a triple almost to the Hill – just right of the RF bullpen – was kind of hoping it would be an inside the parker, but Hairston got on it too fast.
Clank got his 2000th career hit, a single, then scored when Chris Johnson, who has finally got his batting average back up to his weight, singled him home.
Second thru 5th inning, Dickey threw more knucklers up in the zone, but not in the middle of the plate, and although he gave up a hit/inning, there weren’t any walks or runs. But in the 6th, Bill Hall hit an opposite field homer on a knuckler waist high into the RF bullpen. Q grounded out, then Matt Downs, pinch hitting for Happ, who LOWERED his BA to .462, hit a PH homer into the Crawford Boxes. Clank hit homer of Igarishi into the Crawford Boxes to lead off the 7th.
And that was 7 runs for the Astros, and fortunately THIS time, the bullpen held. With THIS pen, when it’s only 7 runs, youneverknow…
Happ pitched fine – 5 hits (1 HR) 3 walks (2 in the first inning) and 2 ER over 6 IP.
Tomorrow afternoon, it’s Aneury Rodriguez vs lefty Chris Capuano, our old frenemy from the Brewers who thrashed the Astros last month. Wonder if Brett Wallace is gonna get benched so that Jason Michaels, sucking just as much AFTER the DL as he did BEFORE it will get a start in left. Wouldn’t be surprised. I better not see him trying to play CF.
And speaking of #5 hitters – remember how I remarked that poor ol Figgy got royally screwed by the umps more than a few times? Jonathan Scippa, a guy who knows how to do excel stuff with the Pitch Fx looked at what happened with pitches out of the strike zone getting called strikes and pitches IN the strike zone getting called balls – and Figgy got the worst ball/strike calls in the NL. And this is with Quintero catching him, too – so no blaming Towles for not framing pitches – like I’ve said, I’ve never thought Q was as good at framing pitches as Towles is. But check it out.
Time for computer generated ball/strike calls. I’m tired of the really terrible umpiring – it’s gone downhill lightning quick since Sandy Alderson stopped being in charge of umps. And I’m not just talking about th CB Bucknors neither – it’s getting to be all of them.
And did everyone read all about all the hoo-hah about Bartolo Colon’s repaired shoulder? Apparently, the doctors used some kind of stem cell treatment and possibly injected HGH into the joint to help healing!!!! DID you get that??? Physicians treating a specific surgical reconstruction/repair used a medication which helps, or could help, promote growth of cartilage to regenerate the tissue!!! Isn’t that simply TERRIBLE? I mean, a PHYSICIAN using MEDICATION to help to heal a patient under his direct supervision??? They doctors deny using such a terrible dangerous drug – why heaven forbid that they should use that one specific medication to help an athlete heal his injuries.
This stupid stuff has gone too far with the HGH being this terrible cheating stuff. Why is it standard of care good medicine to inject cortisone into a joint to help heal it but cheating to inject HGH into a joint to help heal it? Now exactly WHY is it terrible for physicians – not athletes going to drug dealers – orthopedic surgeons treating athletes – to use legal medications to repair damaged joints/tendons/ligaments? This medication is being used for the purpose it actually HAS in the body – to grow new tissue.
And speaking of physicians, I also read that Bryce Harper, the Nat’s pheenom first rounder from last year apparently had lousy vision and after going to a, like, you know, EYE doctor, he got contact lenses and is now hitting over .400. Don’t team doctors like check, like you know, stuff like, EYESIGHT on each player every year seeing as how you know, like you know SEEING the ball is kind of important if a hitter wants to you know, like HIT IT?
Sometimes I just can’t believe this stuff.
All I can say is that they need to have women team doctors. Because we don’t never listen to no man sez – oh yeah, I’m fine, no prob. Lift my arm over my head? You mean, like, you know, the hand above the head? Do I hafta? Ida wanna, Does it hurt? Nah, I just don’t happen to wanna right now. None of this idiotic bullstuff about – well, he SAID he wasn’t hurt he SAID he can see fine he SAID his leg don’t hurt no mo he SAID no prob with his wrist/elbow/shoulder/side/back/whatever. And we know how to use a scale and measuring stick too – and Wandy wouldn’t be no 192 lbs (hopeless giggle)/5-11 no mo.
I have no further info on the team sale at this time – and I’m not gonna assume that Crane is gonna be the next owner until I hear that Bud has signed the papers. And I’m still wanting to know why the Houston media refuses to do ANY research/stories on Crane and/or Postopolous. Probably, they just flat out couldn’t care less seeing as how they are gonna write the same old whatever crap. I expected better of Justice, but I guess I was wrong. He’s thrown in the towel too. Guess he’s hoping to get back into that expensive dining room. Hard to believe that it was only 6 years ago that houston wa a rabid baseball town and now they get maybe 10K people on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.