I HAD to say SOMEthing good…
Well, just got home from a VERY good weekend in Galveston. Yes it’s late. Yes, it’s the only way to escape bumper to bumper traffic on the Gulf Freeway. Yes, kidz were wide awake and eager to let us know how much they didn’t even notice we were gone to have a good time on the beach without them and had COMPLETELY forgot the meaning of bedtime. Yes you ARE right and granma has COMPLETELY forgot how she used to make her OWN kidz mind and go to bed and not stay up watching TV.
Mama said, on her way out the door – Chris Resop was all set to be the Astros hero, but the bullpen wasn’t gonna stand for THAT. Yeh, the TV was on the Astros games and you best believe the kidz didn’t give granma not stuff about THAT.
Hmmmm – check out the box scores:
FRIDAY – In which Clank is back, we face a lefty, so Wallace gets benched. That is horsestuff – but you know that 19 mill is >>>> 1/2 mill. And Bourgeois leads off with Michael Bourn batting in the 2 hole. Now THAT is teh KEWL. (Does anyone REALLY think that Mills has ANY say in whether Clank plays or not – any more than Phil Garner had any say in where Saint Biggio hit in the lineup in 07?) Boogey is on FAHR, says he’s seeing the ball great. He’s fielding great, hitting great, running great, playin LF like it was meant to be played.
Wandy is outpitched by Maholm – both throw 7 innings, give up 5 hits and 2 walks, but Wandy leaves losing by 1 run – a solo homer by Neil Walker breaking a 1-1 tie.
Chris Resop to the rescue. Bourgeois had singled, stolen second, scored on a single in the first. Michael Bourn up. He walks, steals second, strolls home on a double to score the tying run. Resop out, Veras in, Clank singles Pence home for the go-ahead run.
I don’t know whether or not to be happy or sad that Clank had a good game – it means that Wallace will be benched when we face leftys and/or Bourgeois won’t play as much. Then again, if Clank manages to resurrect himself, he just MIGHT could get traded, youneverknow.
Wandy holds his breath, crosses fingers, prays, as Wilton Lopez, the setup man (I think) comes in for the 8th. He gives up a walk, sac-bunt, groundout. Man on 3rd, 2 outs. Garett Jones, the lefty up. Guess Millsie don’t trust Lopez to get leftys out – in comes Abad, down goes Jones.
In comes Hanrahan, their closer (I see that they aren’t afraid to seend in the closer when they are down only 1 run – youneverknow – they might could even let him pitch TWO innings. It’s Pittsburgh – they’re desperate…) PH Wallace walks, Bourgeois singles, Bourn Ks, Pence and Clank get out.
Mark Melancon, new closer since Brandon Lyon came down with a disabling case of suckage, mows em down 1,2,3.
WANDY WINS (a little payback for his last game where he threw 8 scoreless and got a ND for his trouble.)
SATURDAY – In Which Bud Norris Pitches Well But Charlie Morton Pitches Better (apparently they have taught him to throw like Roy Halliday) and Jason Bourgeois starts at 2B for the first time this year (hopefully an encouraging sign). Bud threw 6 good innings and 1 bad 3 run inning, but Morton gave up only a RBI single to Clank, scoring Michael Bourn.
Bad News: bullpen suckage once more – Jose Valdez, back up, replacing Brandon Lyon, is just as bad as the guy he replaced – leaves with bases loaded, 2 outs. Enerio Del Rosario comes in, immediately lets his runs score with a double and a wild pitch.
Badder News: Clint Barmes doesn’t hit like Jeff Kent – no power and he sure as heck isn’t driving in runs. And he doesn’t seem to be turning any more plays than Sanchez did.
Worse-est news: Bourgeois pulls a muscle in his side and has to come out of the game. He is replaced by Joe Suckage Inglett.
SUNDAY: J Happ manages, for once to not suck (6 H, 4 BB, 2 ER – left bases loaded in the 1st and 5th) and Michael Bourn breaks his 28 game on base streak. At the end of the 6th, Stros losing 2-0, having managed 3 hits and 2 walks against James McDonald and his 6+ ERA. Brett Wallace has stumbled a bit in his lat 4 games – he left bases loaded in the 4th. Maybe all this benching is getting to him.
Chris Resop to the rescue
Chris Resop to the rescue
Go Chris Resop!!
Go Chris Resop!!!
CJ hits the 3rd pitch over the LF wall to break up the shutout. Bill Hall singles (you giving up hits to Bill Hall, you ain’t no good) and Quintero doubles him home. Tie game.
Resop out, Beimel in. Angel Sanchez bunts to the pitcher and Quintero scores FROM SECOND on the bunt???!!! Now THAT is a replay I have GOTS to see. Stros take the lead 3-2.
Fulchino gets 1,2,3 out. Daniel McCutchen (failed supposed to be ace starter) gives up a double to Clank who goes to third on throwing error then scores on a Brett Wallace sac-fly.
8th inning – Abad in to face lefty Jones – gets him out. Millsie, Mr. Matchup, leaves him in to face 2 rightys- one singles, the next one walks. Where is Wilton Lopez? nyway, Ryan Doumit, another righty hits 3 run homer. NOW Wilton Lopez comes in?
Big Deal – too late. Bad is now 1-3 with 2 BS and a 7.50 ERA. Don’t bother asking how Ryan Rowland-Smith is doing because the answer is lousy. Might as well bring back Wesley Wright.
Fast Eddie’s strength is supposed to be assembling bullpens – but this year, his pile of scrap heap guys is beyond suck.
Tomorrow, we’re seeing Reds again – rematch between Travis Wood and Aneury Rodriguez. In case you forgot – the bullpen lost that one too…