Tag:Red Sox
Posted on: July 25, 2009 12:19 am

Hampton Homers, Astros Defeat Santana

After successfully sweeping the Cardinals, the Astros got a night off before facing the New York Mets starting tonight at Minute Maid.

Johan Santana started for the Mets and looked a bit off from the beginning.  Mike Hampton wasn't exactly at his best, but got the win thanks to some help from the bullpen and Hunter Pence's timely outfield assist.

Chris Coste had the big hit, a 2-run double that scored Pence and Pudge Rodriguez.

In other news, the Red Sox finally broke their losing streak, beating Baltimore 3-1.  Brad Penny got the win, and is now 7-4.  How much longer he's with the team is anybody's guess.  Personally, I wouldn't get rid of pitching depth.  But that's just me.
Category: MLB
Posted on: July 22, 2009 11:13 pm

Miguel Tejada One-Ups El Caballo

Not content to hit a grand slam or drive in a bunch of runs, Miguel Tejada went one better and won the game tonight for the Astros.  He knocked in Jeff Keppinger from second on a single to left field.

Another solid game for the Astros, though Chris Carpenter out-dueled our ace Roy Oswalt.  Oswalt gave up three earned in seven innings, Carpenter gave up two earned in eight.

In other news, the Red Sox were busy today, trading Julio Lugo for Chris Duncan, and acquiring Adam LaRoche from Pittsburgh for a couple prospects.  I can see why they wanted to get rid of Lugo (though they'll probably be paying his salary regardless), but I'm not quite sure why they wanted LaRoche.  Mike Lowell and Kevin Youkilis are both playing fairly well; Youkilis was an All-Star, while Lowell has been solid, if not quite spectacular following hip surgery.

Could more rest for Lowell be a factor?  Considering that he missed some time before the Break, maybe so.
Category: MLB
Posted on: July 22, 2009 12:52 am

Wandy, Lee, Arias Spoil the Cardinals Day

Earlier tonight, Wandy Rodriguez threw seven solid innings for the Astros in an 11-6 win that was more dramatic than it should have been.

Carlos Lee came up big again, hitting a grand slam to provide timely offensive assistance on an already stellar evening.  Geoff Blum then followed on the next pitch with a home run to right.

Chad Paronto got his first (and maybe last) appearance with the major-league club tonight.  If he wasn't rusty, he was just bad. I'm not sure how he could be rusty, since he was playing well at Round Rock.  But hey, any excuse to defray the stench that now covers him is worthwhile.  I don't see how Cooper can justify using him again, though I'm sure he'll do it somehow.

Alberto Arias came back from a terrible outing in LA with a solid one tonight.  He had all the pitches working again, and fortunately did not need to make a play in the field.

Lance Berkman didn't even play tonight.  That's how good the Astros were.

In other news, Josh Beckett threw a complete game for the Red Sox...and lost 4-2.
Category: MLB
Tags: Astros, Red Sox, Wandy
Posted on: July 20, 2009 11:57 pm

El Caballo Strikes Again!

Carlos Lee hit a three-run HR to win the game tonight against St. Louis.

All I have to say is: this is what Astros fans expected from him.  Lee has been consistently good, approaching great at times.  Whether or not that justifies his enormous contract is still up for debate, unfortunately.

In other news, John Smoltz stinks.  He lost the game tonight for the Red Sox.

For whatever reason, I don't think Theo will get rid of him.  At least, not yet.  I'm not sure how many more chances he deserves...but that's why I write the blog and don't operate the team.  And I'm just fine with that.
Category: MLB
Tags: Astros, Red Sox
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