A gem is not enough
Those of us who watched tonight’s game on MLB.tv, noticed how the Brewers TV broadcast focused in a cute couple: she was an Astros fan, wearing a Willy Taveras jersey; he was fully clothed in Brewer colors. It was a poem in itself how sad the lady looked like, opposed to the visible joy of her date.
As the 27th out was called, the strikingly beautiful young woman broke in tears, without suspecting there was an international TV audience watching her outburst; her boyfriend hugs her in an attempt to comfort her.
There wasn’t any comfort at all for most people who attended Minute Maid Park, after they realized that a pitching gem crafted by Andy Pettitte was not enough for the Astros, who couldn’t sweep at home and lost to the Brewers 7-2.
Pettitte fought a pitcher’s duel against Milwaukee starter Chris Capuano. The contest remained tied 1-1, since Brad Ausmus scored the first Houston run driven in by a sac-fly from Craig Biggio in the fifth frame, until the top of the 7th, when Damian Miller broke the spell with an RBI double.
The Astros bullpen imploded once again, this time without a huge amount of runs in Houston’s savings account that could bail them out. Pettitte left the game with 2 hits and a pair of earned runs. Russ Springer (6.23 ERA), allowed Bill Hall, Ricky Weeks and Jeff Cirillo to get an RBI each with consecutive singles. Mike Gallo (9.82 ERA), gave away two more runs.
Capuano was the game’s main attraction, reducing an offense that scored 39 runs in its last 4 games, to scarcely 6 hits tonight.
He fanned 8 and allowed 2 runs in 7.2 IP. One of those runs was produced from a solo blast by Morgan Ensberg, his seventh in this still young tournament.
The Astros third baseman was the only one who kept his hitting streak safe and sound from Capuano; who neutralized Willy Taveras
y Adam Everett, both ending their very own offensive runs.
Milwaukee scored one more run in the 9th with a single by J. Hardy, who drove in Prince Fielder.
It was a pitching gem tainted by a bullpen that is making all alarms activate, regardless of the fact we’re still in Month 1 of the 2006 season.