Minute Maid Park | 2:05 | Armas vs. Wandy Rodriguez | Box
The Bucs were sitting pretty. Up four and needing 12 outs to complete a three game sweep and they came up short. Cesar Izturis, Adam LaRoche (2) and Freddy Sanchez supplied the runs. But Tony Armas allowed a pair of tallies in the sixth.
Our old buddy Ty Wigginton smacked a two run dinger off Shawn Chacon in the 8th and Brad Lidge nailed it down in the 9th. Mark McLemore (not this Mark McLemore) contributed by tossing two shutout innings and striking out three.
The Bucs have a day off before a Tuesday double header against the Redlegs.
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Nobody is kidding themselves thinking that Tony Armas will be part of this club next year. So, I have to wonder, why is he starting?
One of Armas’ few early season efforts that was good came against the Astros in Pittsburgh on 4/26. He went five innings and gave up just one run. For his career, he’s made eight starts against Houston and gone 3-2 with a 3.48 ERA. He is 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA in Minute Maid Park.
Interestingly enough, most of the Astros hitters haven’t fared well against Armas. Craig Biggio is 1-15. Carlos Lee is 1-12. Brad Ausmus is 2-11. Chris Burke is 1-8. Mike Lamb is 1-6. Lance Berkman is 7-11 with two homers and Mark Lorretta is 4-6. I say Armas should walk Berkman every time he’s up.
Wandy Rodriguez has had an uneven year. His ERA+ has improved each season he has been in the majors, but it is still less than 100. He is 6-3 this year with a 2.28 ERA in Houston, but just 7-12 overall. Rodriguez has been beaten twice by the Pirates in 2007, both times in PNC.
Jason Bay has feasted off him – 9-16 with a pair of bombs. Freddy Sanchez (5-13), Adam LaRoche (3-6) and Ronny Paulino (3-6) have also done well.