If you’re wondering about that strange thing you witnessed last night in Houston’s 7-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, it’s called a quality start. That’s right, for the first time since July 30th, an Astros starting pitcher qualified for a quality start. Sure, Roy Oswalt had to work out of trouble several times, but he did it while giving up only one run and making it through seven innings.
Of course, the bullpen, which was the key to the Astros winning eight of the past 12 games, did its best to give the game back to the Reds as Wesley Wright gave up two runs in the eighth inning, LaTroy Hawkins let the bases get loaded, and Jose Valverde gave up a run in the ninth inning to make the final score 7-4.
The offense was fired by the combination of Miguel Tejada, Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee, who actually all managed to get hits on the same night. And my man Hunter Pence came through with a three run home run, as well.
The win improved the team’s record to 55-59 for the season. The weekend series with the Reds continues tonight with Randy Wolf (7-10, 4.60), who’s still in search of his elusive first quality start as an Astro, faces off against Johnny Cueto (7-11, 5.00). Brian Moehler (7-4, 4.01) goes up against Bronson Arroyo (10-8, 5.50) on Saturday evening, and Wandy Rodriguez (6-4, 3.98) battles Edinson Volquez (13-5, 2.93) to close out the series on Sunday afternoon.
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SOME MISCELLANEOUS GAME NOTES:
How’s this for dominating a team? Roy Oswalt now has a 21-1 lifetime record against the Cincinnati Reds. Even though he was in trouble several times last night, the Reds just couldn’t seem to find a way to break through.
***************** Last night was the first time this season that Miguel Tejada, Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee each had three hits in the same game. Berkman seems to be breaking out of his slump, and he had two doubles last night. However, once again, he failed to hit a home run.
And if any of you read the comments yesterday, you would have seen a reference to Berkman and Twinkies. For those who have never heard the story, it goes like this: Early in his career, when Berkman played left field, the Astros were playing in Chicago. Since Berkman wasn’t exactly known for being in the best of shape, some of the fans were joking with him and tossed him some Twinkies. Berkman picked up one of the Twinkies, unwrapped it, and ate it. He then homered in his next at bat. – John Royal