Astros club 13 hits en route to their 10-4 series opening win against the Reds at Great American Ballpark.  It was fueled by platoon-player Jason Bourgeois starting in left for the injured Carlos Lee.

Bourgeois goes three for five with two doubles and two RBI in his third straight start.  Carlos Lee is back with the team and got the night off after X-Rays and a CT Scan found no breaks in his left ribcage.  He’s listed as day to day.  Jason Bourgeois raises his batting average to .390 with a huge night at the plate.  He also gets it done on the basepaths with his ninth stolen base of the year. 

Photos: Astros 10, Reds 4
The Astros got multiple hit performances out of Brett Wallace, Chris Johnson, and Clint Barmes as well.  Wallace, moved up to cleanup spot with the injury to Lee and moves his hit streak to 11 straight games with the two hits.  One of those, was a solo homer to centerfield in the fifth off Reds reliever Jordan Smith.  Johnson also hit a homer Tuesday night in the second inning to tie the game at 1-1. 

JA Happ gets the win after going six and a third innings pitched and gave up all four earned runs.  Enerio Del Rosario, Fernando Abad, Mark Melancon, and newly added to the bullpen Nelson Figueroa all combined for a scoreless two and two-thirds innings of relief.

The series picks back up today with Aneury Rodriguez making his starting pitching debut against the Reds Travis Wood.  First pitch is scheduled for 11:35 central. 

Congratulations to Francisco Liriano for being the first pitcher of 2011 to throw a no-hitter against the White Sox.  The lefty threw 123 pitches, striking out two, and walked six in his no-hit bid. 

Ok, a minute for the story that has been grabbing everyone’s attention over the past 48-plus hours.  Osama Bin Ladin has caused many people to live their lives without loved ones by their side and Sunday night we got a true sign that the golden rule in life still rules the day, “Treat others, as you would like to be treated.”  Well!  I guess he got exactly what he deserved in that case!  I will never forget how September 11th, 2001 affected my life after seeing the events unfold on television.  I still have visions of the towers crumbling to the ground, the plume of smoke/dust making its way through the Wall Street skyscrapers, George W. Bush on a bullhorn talking to rescue workers days after the attacks.  But I also remember, Yankee and Shea Stadium’s being used as staging areas for supplies and players loading those supplies onto delivery trucks.  Baseball fans also remember the names of Tino Martinez, Scott Brosius, Luis Gonzalez, & Byung-Hyun Kim.  Some may remember Derek Jeter’s extra-inning walk-off homer to win Game 4 on November 1st or the game-tying 2 run homer by Tino Martinez to keep the Yankees hopes alive for that extra-inning walkoff.  Maybe, it was George W. Bush going to the mound in Game 3 to throw out the first pitch to the chanting of USA! USA! USA! 

How about the World Series clinching broken bat single from Luis Gonzalez to win it for the Diamondacks.  My point is that sports, not just baseball can transcend everyday life.  Sunday night’s Mets-Phillies game proved that point. Philadelphia’s fanbase has been known for their brutal ways for many years.  But, Sunday they were at their finest when LOUD chants of USA!USA!USA! Started to fillCitizensBankPark.  The players on the field, had no idea what was going on.  I myself found out about it from a friend and tuned over immediately to the “four letter network” and heard it for myself.  What a better place than America’s Pastime for people to come together as one and root for a common cause, the best country in the world, America!


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