Pleasant Surprise

Wow. Who saw that coming? Not only did the Astros win a series. The Astros actually won three of four games from the Colorado Rockies.

The only series loss came on Saturday night when the Astros offense failed to show up. Otherwise, the offense partied like it was 2000 – when all games at then Enron Field ended 11-10.

We all know about the Astros win Thursday night on the Carlos Lee walk-off grand slam. Friday night the Astros won on a Mark Loretta two-run walk-off homer. And yesterday, the Astros didn’t have to worry about winning on a walk-off homer. The final score was 12-0, and the game wasn’t as close as the score indicates.

An even more amazing thing happened on Sunday. The Astros started the second half of the season with a victory. The Astros started off the fourth month of the season with a victory. And the bullpen didn’t even get a chance to blow the Sunday game.

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But for all of the excitement generated by this weekend’s games, it’s not like anything was really accomplished. The Astros are still in fifth place in the NL Central. The team’s 12.5 games back of the Brewers, and the ‘Stros still have to catch up to the surging Chicago Cubs before it can even worry about the Brewers.

The team now stands at 35-47 on the season.

There are seven games left in this home stand, and seven games left until the All-Star Break. A three-game series with the Phillies starts up tonight with Mr. Woody Williams on the mound. The Phillies have a certain Ryan Howard on the team, and this Mr. Howard has reached the 100-home run mark quicker than any player in major league history. Let’s see what happens if he gets hold of one of those Williams fastballs. – John Royal

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