July 29, 2004
Stros lose to DBacks
The Stros dropped two games at home to the National League's worst team as the Diamondbacks held on for a 6-4 win on Thursday afternoon at the Juice Box. The Stros go to Cincy 14½ games behind NL Central-leading Cards and 5½ games behind the Padres for the NL Wild Card playoff spot.
The crowd of nearly 40,000 booed the Stros lustily throughout the game, particularly starter Tim Redding, who again struggled with his control. Redding gave up six runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings, while walking two, both in the DBacks' 3 run first inning. After his rough start, Redding recovered to retire 12 of the next 13, but started to unravel in the fifth. After giving up a double, Adam Everett made a key throwing error on an infield hit by Gonzo, and then Hillenbrand followed with a two run dinger. Those three unearned runs pushed the DBacks' lead to 6-1.
All of that went over about like a turd in the punchbowl with the Juice Box crowd.
The Stros had nine hits -- including two doubles and a yak by Bidg -- but could never put together the big inning against the DBacks' rookie starter to pull even. Bidg's first double was the 544th double of his remarkable career, moving him past Tony Gwynn for 19th all-time in the majors. His double in the fifth allowed Bidg to pass Reggie Jackson for 70th on the career hits list. It was Bidg's 2,586th.
Pete Munro pitches for the Stros against the Reds in the first game of their weekend series on Friday in Cincy. Although the Reds can flat out bash the ball, their pitching is even worse than the DBacks. So, this series ought to be another good opportunity for the Stros to pad their hitting statistics. That means that they will probably score five runs total in the three games. That's the kind of season it's been.
Posted by Tom at July 29, 2004 10:55 PM |
Looks like the Reds will finally get on track this weekend. Unfortunately, it'll be at the expense of the Astros. But I'll keep y'all in mind and not praise for too much lopsidedness. :-)
Posted by: Josh Kirkendall at July 30, 2004 1:02 PM
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