Game #129 at Houston

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.
Recaps
AP recap at Yahoo! Sports
Pre-game Thoughts
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.

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2 Responses to “Game #129 at Houston”

  1. Cory Humes Says:

    “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?”
    Because we’re the Pirates, and we can’t find anyone better.

  2. Randy Linville Says:

    Through four innings, Armas is doing better than anticipated, though Berkman has two hits off him, including an RBI single in the first for the Astros only tally thus far. And Armas was aided when Jose Bautista gunned Berkman down at home to end the first.
    Josh Phelps is playing catcher and hitting cleanup. LaRoche has a pair of hits and two RBI. LaRoche’s RBI came with two gone and after Rodriguez had walked the bases full. Freddy just homered in the top of the fifth. It’s 4-1.


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