Friday, April 22, 2005

Pretty solid 8-7 win for the Astros last night - the game wasn't that close until Brady Clark hit a 3-run bomb off Lidge in the 9th. Pettitte looked pretty good, getting tons of ground balls - I think Ensberg had 9 chances at 3rd, and he made some really nice plays. The bottom of the lineup did most of the damage - Lane, Ensberg, Burke, Ausmus, and Taveras all had good offensive performances. Chad Qualls looked good in the 8th, Franco hit the only batter he faced, Chad Harville came on and pitched pretty well but walked Jeff Cirillo with 2 outs, and Lidge came on, gave up the HR, but retired Junior Spivey.

Scott Barzilla has an awesome new article up at AstrosDaily about the Astros ideal lineup construction (link in the upper left of the AstrosDaily page). I won't spoil it for you - go read the article!

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