He looked mah-velous

Capt052d8f1d96c7478ba2b9c2ca0d37becbastrEvery outing by Fernando Nieve had a thing in common: he was acceptable on the mound, but he had poor run support. That happened until tonight.
The Venezuela-born pitcher enjoyed his first Major League win, throwing seven outstanding innings in which he gave up for hits, seven runs and fanned seven, for an Astros victory 8-5 over the Milwaukee Brewers.

While Nieve gave proof of the quality of young Astros starters such as himself; it was a rough night for Ben Sheets, who allowed seven runs in 2.1 innings pitched, in which he was severely punished by the Astros offense.

It was a good night overall, offensively speaking: Lance Berkman went 2-for-4 with an RBI va sac-fly; Mike Lamb was 3-for-5 scoring three; Preston Wilson (you?re reading it right) was 2-for-5 with a couple scored; Brad Ausmus had a perfect 3-for-3 night with a run driven in; and Adam Everett went 2-for-4 with 4 runs batted in. Even Nieve himself contributed with an RBI single. It?s good to see that the 5-6-7-8 batters in the lineup kept the hits coming in the second and third frames.

Surely this is a good note to end up a road trip, and it proves there?s plenty of lumber to get the wins. Tomorrow will be a test of fire, when Jason Marquis steps on the mound for the Cardinals against Roy Oswalt at Minute Maid Park.


I was happy to see Lidge get a 1-2-3 inning. That was the highlight of my night(besides the Astros winning).


Amen to that.. But the wave of great pitching from Astros rookies keeps on going and it surely is a headline

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