Guess Figgy wanted to go out on an up outing. He did, throwing 70 of 104 pitches for strikes, only walking 3 (none intentional) – hey, that is great for Figgy – and scattering 6 hits over 6.2 innings and THAT is good for Figgy too. He hasn’t made any secret of wanting to come back next year, even though he would probably not be the #5 guy to start the year, but a long reliever. Not sure what is happening with Moehler, but we’ll see.
Where was I?
Oh yeah. After all the celebration last night, Dusty Baker apparently decided to celebrate play playing a lineup consisting of Johnny Cueto and bench players. Which is actually a good idea from Cincy’s viewpoint, giving their tired guys some well deserved rest before the playoffs – and they will probably face Philly and they are gonna need all the rest they can get, seeing as how Reds killah Roy-O is gonna face em.
Good thing, too because The Astros only managed 2 runs against Johnny Cueto, as usual, stranding too many. Carlos must have read my stuff because he doubled home Keppinger in the first and was stranded by CJ. He singled to lead off the 4th and CJ went and GIDP – if Carlos ain’t gonna do it, SOMEbody gots to pick up the slack… He singled to start the 7th, went to second on CJ’s infield single and alertly went to third when Alonso tried to get him out but overthrew (gee, it’s like he was 30 again) and scored on Wallace’s groundout.
CJ is going through an adjustment and looks as if he’s trying to go the other way more – one of the reasons he’s GIDP more the last week or so. But he has GOT to stop swinging at changeups in the dirt or he won’t see much of anything else.
Castro and Wallace are working on their stuff, which is fine with me, they need to. Hope they are going to play winter ball along with Tommy Manzella, who really has just GOT to because Sanchez is going to play winter ball in Puerto Rico. I’d just like to see Bogusevic out there more, especially if they really DO mean to move Clank to first.
It was good to see Wilton Lopez come in with a man on first and 2 outs and get out lefty pinch hitter Jay Bruce. Yes, you read that right, a RIGHTY pitcher got a LEFTY hitter out. Imagine that!!!!
It was great to see LEFTY Abad come in and get out THREE RIGHTYS – Brandon Phillips, Rolen and CF Chris Heisey.
Hopefully, Brad Mills will see that leftys can hit division game winning homers off leftys (ahem) and that righty pitchers get leftys out ALL THE TIME and please put an end to this changing pitchers every other batter.
Lyon made it, uh, interesting, giving up a single up the middle to pinch hitter Laynce Nix – with Drew Stubbs as a pinch runner. And Stubbs coasted into second with a SB as Castro dropped a pitch. And then went to third on a groundout. So it’s a man on third, 1 out, but Ramon Hernandez had the decency to hit a grounder right in front of Castro, so Stubbs couldn’t score, and then MVP to be (he SHOULD be) Joey Votto grounded out to Wallace. Yet ANOTHER case of a righty getting a lefty out.
Tomorrow, rubber game against Arroyo, who has already beaten us twice this year, then home to face the Cubs for the final series. Don’t think real too many Cubs fans will be flying down, so it should be fun.