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Friday Astros Note

For some reason, Phil Garner decided to bat Orlando Palmeiro lead-off, yesterday. And, since Palmeiro went 0-5, I guess Garner’s idea was to make us all long for Craig Biggio. And, seeing that Palmeiro’s average is now .174, that strategy almost worked.

But being as the score was 7-0 Reds after three innings, it’s really doubtful that Biggio would have made much of a difference. This was never a game, and the Reds prevented the series sweep by beating up on the Astros with a final score of 9-5.

Were there any positives in this game: well, Adam Dunn was a single short of the cycle. Oops, that’s a positive for the Reds. Let’s see, Ken Griffey, Jr. hit career homer number 569, to tie him for ninth on the all-time homer list. Oops, that’s another Reds highlight.

Okay, let’s see. Lance Berkman had two hits and raised his average to .296 – I guess that the slump is over. Mark Loretta reached based 2 out of the 5 times that he went to the plate – so, why is it that he doesn’t play more? Oh, and speaking of why doesn’t he play more, Mike Lamb also had three hits.

The loss moved the Astros record to 16-18, and the team’s only a half game up on the fourth place Pirates, while they fell eight games back of the of the rapidly pulling away Brewers.

The Astros open a 3-game series at Minute Maid Park with the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight. Chris Sampson taking the mound against the 2006 Cy Young Award winner Brandon Webb.

Oh, and kids, next week, the most evilest man in all of the world will be in Houston. Yep, Barry Bonds and the San Francisco Giants will be at Minute Maid Park next week. -- John Royal

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