August 31st, 2011
by lisagray

Henry Sosa did an OUTSTANDING job tonight – 2 hits, 1 walk, 7 K – 1 ER on a walk, sac-bunt, then a single.  He only threw 89 pitches, looked great in the 6th and was only pulled for a pinch hitter, as the Astros had quite a rally going.

The Stros had at least 1 man on base in every inning, but no one scored until Jose Altuve hit a solo homer into the Crawford Boxes in the 5th. Guess he had to think inside the Box – hahahaha.

The 6th was just insane – Paredes singled, went to second on a balk – Charlie Morton was a little crazy tonight – 6 hits, 4 walks (2 IBB to Corporan – snicker) 2 WP and a balk. Paredes stole 3rd base and Barmes GO. Then, don’t ask me why, Corporan was IBB AGAIN. I mean, the guy can barely hit a FB down the middle. It’s one thing in the 4th inning – there won’t be a PH if the pitcher is the last out, but in the 6th? Downs came in to PH (Millsie-poo must have been serious – it wasn’t Michaels) and singled home Paredes to give the Astros the lead.

Morton out, Chris Leroux (who had shut the Astros DOWN earlier this year) in and he gives up a single UTM – juuuust out of reach of Cedeno to Schafer. Bases loaded. Altuve swings at the first pitch, another single UTM, 1 run in, bases still loaded. JD singles, 2 runs in. Clank goes to 3-2, hits an opposite field single, Altuve scores.

Leroux hasn’t gotten a single out and has let both of Morton’s runs score.

Daniel McCutchen in – gets Bogu to 3-2, then he lines out to third. Paredes hits an 0-2 to the LF corner, JD scores. Barmes flies out. SIX runs have scored and Astros lead 7-1.

7th inning – Wesley Wright comes in, gets 1,2,3 out. Mc Cutchen pitches the 8th, gives up a single to Corporan, who scores on a JD Maartinez single – Brownie and Deshaeis say that he is 1 RBI away from tying the ML August record RBIs.

8th inning – who should appear to relieve but the ol WB – no, I really AM serious – I mean, starters don’t usually come in for an inning of work in middle relief when they had a normal length start 2 days before. Gave up a single, a swinging K, a popup then another swinging K. Guess he had something he wanted to work on and it was his day for a bullpen anyway.

Resop in, gets 2 swinging Ks and a grounder.

9th – my GAWD, the ol WB is STILL pitching. What on earth? I can’t remember seeing a starter throw more than 1 relief inning unless it is extra innings. He gives up a line drive homer to RF to McCutchen (Andrew, that is) but gets the other 3 outs, the last one on a great running catch by JD Martinez. He’s gotten a LOT better out there in left since he’s been learning that tricky LF.

Tomorrow, it’s righty James McDonald vs J Happ. McDonald beat the Astros earlier this year, 3 ER/5.2 IP. But he’s not been overwhelming, 4.22 ERA/1.47 WHIP, .267 BAA over 145 IP.

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