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Matchup/Game Thread @ LAA of A 9:05 CST

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Astros VS Angels
Wandy Rodriguez VS Ervin Santana
Wandy Rodriguez Ervin Santana
4 - 6, 4.19 5 - 7, 5.04

Well, got some good news, some bad news, and some news that could be looked at as either good or bad. The good news is that the Astros have scored 9 or more runs in each of the last 3 games and and 5 or more in each of the last 5. The bad news is that Brad Lidge is going on the DL and probably won't be around to pitch for a good while with his strained oblique muscle. He's going on the 15 day DL, but everyone expects him to be out longer than that. The Astros have called up left hander Stephen Randolph from AAA RR to take Lidge's spot. Dan "Wheels" Wheeler will take over closer duties for the time being. The news that could be looked at as either good or bad is that Chad Qualls has been suspended for 3 games for throwing ball into the upper deck during Mondays game. I say it could be good or bad because the way he's been pitching lately, it might be good for him not to have a chance to screw up. THe suspension would have been only 1 game if he would have succeeded in throwing the ball out of the stadium(kidding).

Biggio needs 8 more hits for 3000. I'm guessing he sits either tonight or Friday. I'm trying to get tickets for the next Thursday's game against the Rockies. My assumption is that Biggio will go into that game needing 1 or 2 hits for the big 3K.

Astros Angels
Biggio, 2B
Pence, CF
Berkman, 1B
Lee, LF
Loretta, DH
Lamb, 3B
Scott, RF
Ausmus, C
Bruntlett, SS
Willits, LF
Figgins, 3B
Cabrera, SS
Guerroro, DH
Matthews, CF
Quinlan, 1B
Kendrick, 2B
Napoli, C
Evans, RF
A little surprised to see Biggio in the lineup... I'm happy to see Bruntlett in the lineup though, I really haven't gotten a chance to see him since he got called up... Here's to the Astros winning the series.