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Astros Win Game 3, Sweep Mets


Final - 8.3.2008 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Mets 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
Houston Astros 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 X 4 10 0
WP: Randy Wolf (7 - 10)
LP: Oliver Perez (7 - 7)

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Nice Game! Well, any game you win should be considered a nice game... Anyone think we would be sitting here after the 3rd game with the Mets with a Sweep in hand? I didn't... Earlier in the week, BWhite put up a post about Carlos Lee stating that the Astros just need to win series and that how even though the Astros had won 3 out of 4 series, they were still just playing .500 baseball during that time... I mentioned that the Astros need to start sweeping series if they want to get back into this race... Well, that's exactly what they did today... and it feels good! It also feels good that the Astros games were actually really enjoyable to watch... I mean I'm going to watch the games anyways; but it's so much nicer when they are fun to watch.

Another well pitched game by the bullpen! Today was a well pitched game by all, but one of the trends lately has been outstanding work by the bullpen. Wolf started off the game and went 5 innings of shut out ball. He got in trouble a few times, loading the bases in the 5th... but was able to get out of every toubled situation without allowing a Met to reach home. He wasn't exactly efficent today with pitches, throwing 96 pitches over 5 innings... but what is important is that he was able to hand the ball to the bullpen with the lead. Sampson came in and pitched 2, allowing no runs and just 1 hit and then gave the ball to Wright, Brocail and Valverde who finished off the 8th and 9th innings to end the game. Like I stated in the game thread, I was kind of surprised to see Brocail and Valverde in... The game was pretty much in control and I figured he would give pitchers like Byrdak or Hawkins a chance to put in an inning or so. Oh well, a win is a win, so I can't put too much fault on it.

Once again a very nice game by the 5-8 hitters. Combined Wigginton, Pence, Erstad and Quintero went 7 for 12 with 4 runs scored and 4 RBI's. I'll just leave the 1-4 hitters alone on this one.

Houston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Wigginton, 3B 4 2 2 1 0 0 2 .267
Pence, RF 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 .276
Erstad, CF 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 .273
Quintero, C 2 0 1 1 0 0 0

.210


NL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Chicago 67 45 .598 0 Won 2
Milwaukee 62 50 .553 5 Lost 1
St. Louis 62 51 .548 5.5 Lost 1
Houston 53 57 .481 13 Won 3
Pittsburgh 51 60 .459 15.5 Lost 2
Cincinnati 51 61 .455 16 Lost 3

(updated 8.3.2008 at 4:28 PM CDT)


Next up, the Astros start a 3 game series with the Cubs in Chicago. The Series starts off with Moehler vs Dempster. After that we have 2 day games in a row... that doesn't happen too often.


Current Series

3 game series vs Cubs @ Wrigley Field

Houston Astros Red-star
@ Chicago Cubs Red-star

Monday, Aug 4, 2008, 6:05 PM CDT
Wrigley Field

Partly cloudy with a 30-percent chance of rain. Winds blowing out to center field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Near 90.

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Tue 08/05 1:20 PM CDT
Wed 08/06 1:20 PM CDT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Brian Moehler 6-4 20 15 0 0 0 0 93.2 101 46 44 13 26 50 4.23 1.36


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Ryan Dempster 12-4 23 23 1 0 0 0 145.2 110 54 47 11 58 126 2.90 1.15