The Craig Biggio Retirement Tour continued last night, as the Astros won a second straight game, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1. However, except for applying a tag on a sliding Jeff Kent, Biggio made no real contributions to last night's game.
Unless, of course, you count the Craig is God factor and agree that Craig could sit at second in a wheelchair and the team would come out ahead because his greatness washes over the entire team.
The Astros won a thriller last night. Matt Albers pitched like a major leaguer last night. It's almost as if he channeled the Roy Oswalt of seasons past. Of course, he was helped in the second inning by the fact that an unhustling Carlos Lee just happened to be in the right spot to nail Jeff Kent trying to stretch a single into a double. What I liked about that play was that the Astros announcers criticized Kent for trying to stretch the hit into a double. If it would've been Biggio, however, there would've been nothing but praise for his hustle.
Speaking of Jeff Kent, can you believe the Astros let this guy get away? He lives near Austin and he's got a ranch. How did Drayton let this guy get away knowing his love of all players Texas and with Kent having that whole Carlos Lee-ranch-thing going on? And Kent's productive and still has a few years left him...oh, yeah, Craig Biggio getting 3,000 hits was more important.
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All of the runs scored off of home runs. Eric Munson hit one to right field. Jeff Kent answered with a monster shot over the choo-choo train off of Chad Qualls – whenever I see Qualls now, I think Brad Lidge without the superior stuff – then Carlos Lee won the game with a monster shot of his own, though it did not match the monsterness of the Kent shot.
And Brad Lidge got his fifth save. Which means that Boston, Detroit, Atlanta, Cleveland, New York, etc. should really be getting interested. Pull the trigger Drayton. Pull the trigger. Get this guy out of here why the getting is good.
The Astros little hot streak – yeah, right – has moved the Astros to within 13 games of the .500 mark. It's also moved the Astros to within 12 games of the first place Brewers.
The Astros start a four-game series with the San Diego Padres tonight. David Wells gets the starts for the Padres, and he'll match up against Wandy Rodriguez. The Astros will also be facing Jake Peavy, one of the best pitchers in the majors, and Greg Maddux, one of the greatest pitchers in major league history, during this series. – John Royal