Oh, I know some of all yall roll eyes every time I pimp my boy Michael Bourn – well, tonight he misjudged a fly ball to left center which went all the way to the wall and went for a double. Even Michael sometimes fails in the field. But not when it counts, and
but as usual, I’m getting ahead of myself…
First, the Astros handled Jon Garland, uh, roughly. He gave up 4 singles, 1 double, 1 homer, 4 walks, 2 IBB and 3 runs over 5 innings, 115 pitches. Yes, I enjoyed that.
Unfortunately, Brian Moehler doesn’t have a rep as an RBI man for good reason – left bases loaded in the 3rd and 2 on in the 5th.
Berkman looked like an old, worn out guy with a lead bat – left men on base in the first and 4th and Pence left Bourn on 3rd.sigh
I really don’t have words to express how painful it is to watch what is left of Berkman – reminds me of watching Baggy at the end of 04/beginning of 05. I keep hoping that Lance will suddenly snap back into form, but I keep watching him swing at pitches he never used to swing at and missing pitches he used to kill.
I supposed that he’s not being moved in the lineup because of seniority or something – or maybe to not decrease his trade value. And I am surprised how often he is still getting the IBB. Heath Bell, the closer, did, and I seriously doubt that the 2010 Berkman would have been any more effective than Jason Michaels, who left both Lance and Bourn on base with the game tied.
Pence also didn’t have the best of nights with the glove – made a lousy offline throw home on Chris Denorfia’s single to right And Hundley scored from second. Not that Quintero handled the throw well, by any means. And Hunter went 1 fer 5 with a single, but left 4 men on. But at least he doesn’t look as if he has lost his bat speed, as Lance does.
Chris Johnson killed the ball, as usual – went 2 fer 4 with a walk and a run scored. Too bad he was followed in the lineup by Quintero, who provided no help.
Tonight, all the RBIs were driven in by Bourn, Keppinger – who drove in 3 – and Jason Michaels. Bourn, Kepp and CJ sure nuff are driving in a whole lot more runs than the middle of the lineup guys.
Oh – and that ball Michael misjudged in the 5th? Well, it knocked Moehler out of the game, so Chacin came in to get the last out. And you KNOW you can’t send the same pitcher back for the next inning, as the Padres did with Ryan Webb – who is reminding me of Brandon Webb with that vile sinkerball.
And Wilton Lopez sure nuff didn’t have it today and he gave up the tying runs on a triple, a sac-fly, a single, a balk, and then, you KNOW that is was that &*%&#%@! Pest who drove in the tying run. Pest always gets this team good.
Poor Moehler – he pitched very well – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 2 W, 4 H, 2 K. He had only thrown 55 pitches after 4 innings, but lost some control in the 5th, gave up 2 walks and a single and needed 28 pitches to get through the inning. Unfortunately for him, Ryan Webb came on to pitch for the Pads and the Astros reverted to their old swing at the first pitch and get your self out crap.
And, by the way, the HP ump had a crazy strike zone – inconsistant and he calls a LOT of balls as strikes and a lot of strikes as balls. But this affected Garland a lot more than it did Moehler or any other Astros pitcher. I was amused when Scott Hairston was, uh, unhappy when he got called out on a pitch in the 8th which had been a ball all night – of course he got the old heave ho. But he WAS right. I get so tired of the HP umps and their variable strike zones. I welcome our new holographic ball/strike caller overlords – as the saying goes…
Lyon came in in the 8th with the game tied, got 2 outs, gave up a double, an IBB, then got a lineout.
Chris Sampson came in for the 9th after Michaels stranded Bourn and Berkman. I was nervous, but he managed to pitch around the ump’s crazy strike zone and got the 3 outs.
Astros came back in the 10 vs the almost unbeatable Luke Gregerson, who got out Bourgeois, then CJ but then he inexplicably walked Q (???!!) and pinch hitter Navarro (good way to end his ML stint) – remember I told all yall about the ump’s crazy strike/ball calls, and Gregerson had only walked 4 batters this entire YEAR - and then The Hero Michael Bourn drove in the winning runs with a triple to deep right center, which rolled all the way to the wall - and Kepp drove him in with a single to right (Kepp was the only hitter to drive in runs with a man on 3rd tonight) and Lindstrom came in and slammed the door, getting The Pest to popup and then 2 Ks.
Tomorrow, it’s Roy-O vs Mat Latos. Roy is coming off a seriously horrible outing at Arlington and Latos seriously kicked Astros ass (2 hits, no walks, no runs over 8 IP) back on May 7. He’s been keepin on kickin ass since then – he and the Pads have only only lost ONE game in his 10 subsequent starts and he has a 2.85 ERA over 84 IP.
Roy he gots his work cut out for him, even though he’s 3-1 over 5 GS/32.1 IP and a 2.51 ERA at Petco…