Minute Maid Park | 8:05 | Snell vs. Matt Albers | Box
Another late inning comeback. Xavier Nady stroked a pinch hit home run off the embattled Brad Lidge to knot the game with two gone in the 9th. The Astros left the bases loaded in the 10th, the 13th and the 15th. That made a loser out of Travis Driskill, making his first appearance of the season and a winner out of Shane Youman. The Astros loaded the bases with nobody out in the 15th only to have Youman settle down and strike out the side.
The Pirates were up 2-1 in the 7th when Houston pushed two across against starter Ian Snell to go up by a run and set up Nady’s heroics. Snell went seven innings and allowed three earned runs.
Nate McLouth was hitless but stole two bases.
Time to celebrate: Bucs are out of the cellar.
Adam LaRoche hit a three run bomb that triggered a five run outburst in the 15th to win it.
Matt Albers is tossing for the Astros. In two career appearances against Pittsburgh – including one start – he has no decisions and a 5.14 ERA. His most recent appearance was a one inning relief stint on July 21. Way back on April 25, he started and gave up three runs in six innings. For the year, he is 3-6 with an ERA over 6.00. He’s started 11 times and appeared 13 times in relief.
None of the Pirates have more than one career hit off of Albers. Freddy Sanchez did homer off him back in April.
Ian Snell picked up his first win of the second half of the season last time out. He gave up four runs in seven innings, but struck out double digits for the second time in 2007 in defeating the Phillies. Snell is 2-3 with a 4.30 ERA vs. Houston lifetime. That includes an 0-1 mark with a 2.57 ERA in Houston.
Craig Biggio is a measly 4-19 against Snell with six whiffs. Brad Ausmus is 1-14. Mike Lamb is 5-10 and Orlando Palmeiro is 3-3.
Pirate in Houston:
Jose Bautista – 6-20
Jason Bay – 21-79 with 7 homers
Jose Castillo – 12-64 with two homers
Cesar Izturis – 16-34
Matt Kata – 3-15
Adam LaRoche – 5-33
Nate McLouth – 6-26
Xavier Nady – 10-38 with three homers
Ronny Paulino – 6-28
Josh Phelps – no appearances
Freddy Sanchez – 11-30
Jack Wilson – 49-177 with six homers (his favorite visiting HR park)