Astros Pack Up The Brooms and Head For Milwaukee
Although the Astros didn’t get their season’s first sweep against the Mets with the Thursday 9-1 loss, they did get their first series win of the season. The Mets were able to jump on tonight’s starter J.A. Happ early and often to get the win. The Mets hitters knocked Happ out of the ball game in the fifth inning after notching six earned runs and six hits to send him to the showers en route to his third loss of the season. David Wright was one of the hitters to give the Astros pitching staff trouble tonight, going two for three with three runs batted in, two of which come from a fifth inning double to the left-center field gap and a homer in the fourth. Three homers in all at Citi Field from the Mets from tonight’s catcher Mike Nickeas in the third, previously mentioned Wright, and a true bomb to deep center by second year first baseman and former Arizona State teammate of Brett Wallace, in Ike Davis in the eighth. This all followed former Astros manager and current Mets skipper Terry Collins getting ejected from the game by home plate umpire Doug Eddings in the top of the first, for arguing a foul tip call. The night was bad enough for the Astros entering the bottom of the eighth inning down 6-1. But, things would get worse when David Wright was on base and Jason Bay hit a pop up down the right field line and it had Matt Downs and Brett Wallace chasing it down from second and first. Along with Hunter Pence charging in from right field, only to have it skip off his glove and roll down the right field line allowing both Wright and Bay to come around to score. This of course was followed by that Davis solo bomb to center and sent the Astros to their 12th loss of the year. There were some positives from the night, Michael Bourn’s single in the ninth inning extends his hit streak to six straight and Matt Downs filled in admirably again for the injured Bill Hall going one for four with the Astros lone RBI. The Astros head to Milwaukee now for a three game set, starting tomorrow night with Nelson Figueroa looking for his first win of the season against Yovani Gallardo for the Brew Crew. It is also the chance for the Astros to get another season first… A sweep! This time against a division foe. First pitch is at 7:10.