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Houston Astros Take Game 3 From the Reds, Look to Sweep

Final - 8.9.2008 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Houston Astros 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 3
Cincinnati Reds 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1

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Very nice outing by Brian Moehler... 7 innings of 5 hit, 1 run ball while striking out 3 and walking none... Very nice outing indeed. Actually Moehler has been phenomenal lately.... In his last 3 games(20 2/3 innings), Moehler has allowed just 16 hits, 3 earned runs, 1 walk and striking out 10... Amazing for a guy that the Astros were keeping around to eat up innings after games were out of hand before... boy has he turned his career around. The bullpen (consisting of Geary, Byrdak and Valverde) came in and did it's job as well by throwing 2 innings of hit-less ball with Geary and Byrdak both earning a hold and Valverde a save.

The win makes me happy... but we lost Carlos lee for some time after he was plunked in his 2nd at bat on the left hand, breaking his pinky finger... Who knows how long he'll be out yet, but I'm assuming he'll go on the DL... Joe from Birmingham stated he seen blood from Lee's finger... Let's just hope for a smooth and quick recovery.

Offensively, the Astros did just enough to get the win... 8 hits isn't all that great, but it's more than the Reds got... so I'm happy with it.

The win tonight puts the Astros just 2 games under .500 at 57-59... unfortunately both the Brewers and Cardinals won tonight... so no improvement in the NL Wild Card race.

Next up, the Astros go for a 4 game sweep tomorrow against the Reds at 12:15 PM, sending the Magic Wandy to the hill against Aaron Harang.

Next Game

Houston Astros
@ Cincinnati Reds

Sunday, Aug 10, 2008, 12:15 PM CDT
Great American Ball Park

Wandy Rodriguez vs Aaron Harang

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to right field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Near 75.

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