What's Nine Runs Between Friends?

There’s not much to say about last night’s Astros game. The final was 11-2, Cincinnati over Houston.

Bronson Arroyo, the Reds starter, was 0 for the season. Until last night. Now, in fairness to Arroyo, his ERA was under 3.00, he just hadn’t been getting any run support.

That changed last night.

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And, it just goes to figure that if you say something good about someone, it’s going to come back to bite you in the ass. Yes, I’m talking to you, Matt Albers. Albers did not look very good last night. He pitched 2.1 innings while giving up three hits and six runs, only three of them earned.

Now, Garner did listen to me, and he started Mike Lamb in place of Morgan Ensberg. However, Craig Biggio, Adam Everett and Luke Scott were still in the lineup. And here’s something that I just don’t understand. Garner hit Lamb second, and he kept Luke Scott batting fifth. Just what reason is there for anybody to pitch to Carlos Lee if they know Luke Scott is just behind him?

For instance, in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Astros had two men on, and one out. Carlos Lee was the batter. Why should Arroyo bother with pitching to Lee since the .190 hitting Scott was next? Arroyo ended up walking Lee to load the bases, then he got Scott to pop out to left field. Sure, the runner on third base scored, but that damage was probably a lot less than what Lee could have done if Arroyo would have pitched to him.

Trever Miller was touched for four runs, and Brad Lidge gave up one, though he was replaced with the bases loaded and two out, leaving Dave Borkowski to bail him out of the mess that he created.

Lee was hitless for the night, and saw his average drop to .246. Scott was hitless, and saw his average dip to California interstate highway numbers at .188.

On the plus side, Craig Biggio is another hit closer to 3,000.

The Astros are now 0-1 in May, 10-15 for the season, and still in last place in the NL Central.

Roy Oswalt is on the mound for the Astros tonight, with the first pitch set for sometime around 7:05. – John Royal

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