Way to Go, Biggio

There was some big news in Astro land yesterday. That’s right, Rick White was released and Stephen Randolph was designated for assignment. But the “oops, I did it again” bullpen did it again, this time the culprits were Trever Miller, Chad Qualls, and Brian Moehler.

Okay, okay. There was some other big news yesterday.

Craig Biggio got his 3,000th hit. And, yes, I know that I’ve been a bit cynical about the whole thing, but it was nice to see. Biggio is one of the greatest Astros ever, and it was nice to see him get the mark in an Astros uniform.

Here’s a bit of trivia. There are only nine players in major league history who have gotten 3,000 hits with one team. Craig Biggio is one. Can you name the other eight players?

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This is where my editor breaks this up and makes you jump to the next page for the answer. So I’ll wait…

(The Jeopardy theme plays in the background)

So, welcome to this page. Here’s the answer:

Craig Biggio – Houston Astros. Tony Gwynn – San Diego Padres. Cal Ripken, Jr. – Baltimore Orioles. Robin Yount – Milwaukee Brewers. George Brett – Kansas City Royals. Carl Yastrzemski – Boston Red Sox. Al Kaline – Detroit Tigers. Roberto Clemente – Pittsburgh Pirates. Stan Musial – St. Louis Cardinals.

Here’s some more trivia. Only two players have gotten five hits in the game in which they got their 3,000th hit. Craig Biggio and George Brett.

Now, on with the actual game review.

Roy Oswalt battled throughout the game and was able to hold the high-scoring Colorado Rockies to one run in seven innings. Craig Biggio’s 3,000th hit scored Brad Ausmus to tie the game. But in the top of the eighth, the Rockies scored three runs off of Trever Miller and Chad Miller. The Astros then tied the game in the top of the eighth, only to have Brian Moehler surrender a home run off of the choo-choo train tracks to Troy Tulowitzki.

Then comes the bottom of the 11th inning. The Rockies got the first two outs, then Biggio got an infield single for his 5th hit of the night, then Hunter Pence got a fluke double – trust me, that thing was really a fluke. Lance Berkman was hit by a pitch to the load bases. Then Carlos Lee hit a grand slam to win the game 8-5.

That’s right, the Rockies bullpen was “Toxic.”

(I promise to stop the Britney Spears references soon.)

And while I’m happy the Astros won. And that Biggio got his 3,000th hit. But Bill Brown was shouting at the end of the game like the Astros won the World Series. I’d hate to think of what Milo sounded like. I just don’t think that this rates up there with the Astros beating the Cardinals to go to the World Series. Or Mike Scott no-hitting the Giants to win the pennant. But yeah, I know, I’m just a bitter old man.

But I’m so bitter that I really really liked that Biggio brought Jeff Bagwell out to take a bow – you see, I think Jeff Bagwell was the greatest ever Astro. I think that it was nice that Biggio let his friend share some of his spotlight.

(An aside: speaking of Milo, I was watching the game on TV. How did Milo handle this? The hit came in the seventh inning, and that means that Dave Raymond or Bret Dolan should have had the call, but we all know what an attention-whore Milo is, so, did Milo shove himself onto the mic for that call? I’m curious.)

Here's the problem that I now have. Biggio’s got number 3,000. What else can I write about? We all know how badly this team sucks. I don’t how many ways to write it. I don’t think that tonight’s game is going to turn around this season, especially since the bullpen continues to blow up game after game after game. (I’m shocked to keep reading that other teams really want Qualls, Wheeler and Brad Lidge. My God, Purpura, if there’s someone out there that that’s stupid, make the fucking trades already.) Though I suppose that I will keep trying. I set out to blog this entire season, and I’m not quit now.

The Astros record is now 33-46, and the Astros are now 13.5 games behind the Brewers.

Chris Sampson gets the start tonight.

Oh, before I go, I should probably note that Frank Thomas hit his 500th major league home run yesterday. I should also note that Tom Glavine needs only three more wins to reach 300, and Roger Clemens needs only one more win to become the first pitcher since Warren Spahn to get 350 victories. But, it should be noted that Greg Maddux is sitting with 340 wins, and he’s not showing any signs of slowing down, so maybe he’ll catch Roger.

Have a good weekend. I’m seeing The Police tonight, then I’m going to suffer through an Astros game in person on Saturday night. – John Royal

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