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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Fortune (or Brad Lidge) Craps On the Rocket Yet Again

Where do I even start? As most readers of this site know, the 'Stros lost yet another game last night. That in and of itself is nothing new; the team is, after all, five (5) games under .500. But losing in 18 innings? That's pretty damn special. And by "special," I mean "soul-crushing." My thoughts:

1. Just when it looks like the Astros are finally going to pick up Clemens for once, Brad Lidge does his best Mike Gallo impression. Clemens has been the victim of countless 1-0 or 2-1 losses; he actually gave up five runs last night, but the hometown team staged a furious rally in the bottom of the sixth to take a one run lead. Qualls did his job in the seventh. Wheels did his in the eighth. And then Lidge lights himself on fire like a Buddhist monk protesting religious oppression in the ninth. If you didn't see this coming, you haven't been watching the Astros this year.

2. Last night's self-immolation marked the official end of Lidge's tenure as closer for your Houston Astros. Today's Chronicle reports that Garner has officially yanked the job from The Artist Formerly Known As Lights Out Lidge after last night's game. Lidge should be eligible for a Section 8 at this point.

3. Chris Burke: 3-4 after entering the game late as a defensive replacement. Perhaps we should be seeing a bit more of him, huh? Phil? Scrap? Garner? Hello?

4. Morgan Ensberg: 0-4 with countless men LOB after entering the game as a defensive replacement in the tenth inning. I don't know who the guy with Ensberg's jersey is, but it's not the Mo we came to love last year. By the way, if Mo's stance gets any more open, he'll actually be facing the third baseman. At this point, not actually seeing the pitch could help his cause.

5. Berkman had a bad night. It happens.

6. Adam Everett...clutch? Yup. I'm going to get off his case for awhile.

7. Dave Borkowski is a stud. Five innings of one hit relief? Are you freaking kidding me? My first child shall be named D-Bork in his honor. Any women who support this idea should leave their phone numbers as a comment.

8. As tragic as last night's game was, the Astros are still only four out of the wild card. That's disgusting. I really, REALLY want to write the 'Stros off, but I just can't. It will, however, be interesting to see how they respond today.


Blogger Scott said...

Ensberg's got 0 RBI and 13 LOB in his last four outings.

Berkman in RF? Nice call, Scrapper.

With a LHP going today and a day game following an earlllly-morning game, I'm sure Scrap will 'mix it up':

Taveras CF
Burke 2B
Berkman 1B
Huff RF
Ensberg 3B
Scott LF
Everett SS
Ausmus C

Wed Aug 16, 11:27:00 AM  

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