Astros-Pirates: Wait, So Now Houston Is a Pitching Team?

Coming into last night’s game, it was the Pittsburgh Pirates who had the actual vaunted offensive machine. They ranked fourth in the National League, having scored 285 runs for the season. And with Wandy Rodriguez on the mound, a

historically bad road pitcher

, things did not look good.

Pirates pitcher Phil Dumatrait got the start, and he had been 1-0 (0.71 ERA) for his past two starts, and the Astros’ vaunted offensive machine didn’t exactly beat up on him, but the offense was able to eek out two runs for the 2-0 win.

The Astros offense being shut down isn’t exactly news. The news was that Wandy Rodriguez actually pitched a decent game on the road. He went six innings, got out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth, and held the vaunted Pirates’ offense to no runs (116 of Pittsburgh’s runs coming into the game had been knocked in by the Pirate outfield of Jason Bay, Nate McLouth and Xavier Nady – who were held to a total of one hit).

The ‘Stros broke their five-game losing streak with the win and their record improved to 31-28, but they are tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for third place in the division.

Roy Oswalt gets the start tonight against Zach Duke.

SOME MISCELLANEOUS GAME NOTES:

Okay, because of work, I had to listen to the first four innings on the radio, so I missed the start of the game on Fox. Was any reason given for the absence of Jim Deshaies? Nothing against Greg Lucas, who I like, but he’s no J.D. So, if anything was said about his absence, could someone fill me in?

Thanks.

***************** The Astros were once again held to two runs. This was the sixth straight game in which the Astros have scored two or fewer. This is the first time this has happened since Jeff Bagwell’s rookie year in 1991.

I don’t care how well Wandy pitches, or Roy Oswalt, or any member of the staff, you’re not going to win many games by not scoring. And the whole idea behind the Astros for this season was to score a ton of runs to make up for the crappy pitching. Maybe Miguel Tejada needs another shot of B-12 – though it appears that Kaz Mastui might have got one.

****************** And Lance Berkman was named the National League Player of the Month for May. Congrats, Lance. You had a truly magical month. – John Royal

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