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Game Hero, 21 - 15

Morgan Ensberg
  • 2 for 4, 1 BB, 2 R, 4 RBI
  • First 4-RBI game since July 1, 2005
  • Breaks an 0 for 10 with the sixth inning homer . . .
  • . . .which had a WPA value of .342; that is to say, it was HUGE

Double value for your money tonight, 'cause what we saw was two games. The first was called a tie after five, the second was an 11 - 1 4-inning laugher for the 'Stros.

It was Morgan who ignited the back half fireworks, 'cause without the three-run jack, you find it hard to assume the rest. And remember it was two outs, with a 3 - 2 count when he hit the thing. Jennings wasn't even close to the truth when he jumped off the mound after the 2 - 2 pitch, but let's say Morgan goes down swinging after the full count: how do the Astros win after that?

What's also nice, notable, well and good is that Morgan picked up his first walk since the 7th. All offensive good that Morgan brings flows from his command of the strike zone. When the walks come, the extra base hits shall soon follow.

Oh, and congratulations to Mike Gallo, who probably thought he was headed to AAA, but instead wins his fourth career major league game, and first since October 1, 2004.