I love playing the Astros.
The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Drew Stubbs. By abdicating his spot at the top of the lineup, everyone around him and in his stead was magnificent. Sergeant At Arms to Stubbs' Top of the Lineup Lieutenancy Zack Cozart hit his 15th homer in his 2 for 4, 2 Run effort. Chris Heisey went 2 for 5 with 2 runs scored at 2 RBI, and Brandon Phillips went 3 for 5 on the evening and in the process saw his season average rise to .300. That's the kind of top of the order production that screams "we're playing the Astros!" I like it.
Oh yeah, every position player who started tonight had at least one hit except for Scott Rolen...but he walked.
The supergrover Memorial Honorary Red Reporter of the Game
angeeh, you get the honor this evening. Not only are you a valued sense of reason and nursitude, you bring a levity to this bunch of rabble-rousers that deserves merit. Stopping by on a Friday after an offday to pitch in on an Astros thread thoroughly qualifies. RR loves ya, girl.
- This game took a bit to get into gear, and it wasn't until the Top of the 3rd when the Reds put up their first crooked number. Dioner Navarro doubled, Leake sacrificed, and Cozart sonata'd a concierto into the Crawford Boxes in LF. Reds led, 2-0.
- Houston attempted to get back into things in the 4th with back to back jacks by F. Somedudez and M. Arandomguyez, which tied things at 2-2, but the Reds wanted no part in their pity party. Cozart doubled to lead off the 5th, and scored on Heisey's single. Ludwick then singled, and both he and Heisey scored on Jay Bruce's natural disastro. Reds led, 6-2.
- In the 7th, Heisey singled, stole second, and scored on BP's single. In the 8th, Old Man Rolen walked, advanced on Navarro's single, and scored when Even Older Man Cairo singled. A later Chris Heisey grounder plated Navarro (see what happens when you don't strike out every single time up?). Reds led, 9-2, and though the DisAstros tacked on a run in the 8th, that was that. Reds win, 9-2.
- These poor Astros. They ain't got nothing at all.
- Chris Heisey now has an OPS 100 points higher than Drew Stubbs. SSS definitely factors into the argument, but is that argument "Heisey has a lot fewer at bats?" or is it "Why does Drew Stubbs have so many more at bats?"
- Tune time. This track is solid gold awesome, and I don't give a flying flip if you try to tell me "they're not as good as they were 20 years ago." Ask your wife...she'll tell you that you're not, either.
- Tune time 2. I'm seeing them tomorrow, and I'll be having a blast.