Getting the job done

Capt7ea9f16f57554019a0deef27ce321917astrAubrey Huff was brought into the Astros clubhouse to look for a way to end the team’s offensive woes. It couldn’t be any clearer right after Gary Gaetti left for Sean Berry. Certainly, Huff didn’t disappoint in his debut.

The slugger went 2-for-4 driving in 3 runs, including a homer in the eighth that sealed a Houston victory over the Florida Marlins 5-1 at Dolphins Stadium.

The contest started as a pitching duel between Roy Oswalt and Dontrelle Willis. Oswalt was superb, granting 6 hits and a run in 6.1 frames; Willis put similar number in his stat line in his seven innings.

Regretfully for Oswalt (as Thomas pointed out in his blog), Chad Qualls had received the ball from Phil Garner in relieving duties when Huff went yard.

There are two factors that are undeniably clear here: the Astros seem to have done right in bringing Huff to the organization; and they can only hope a change of setting into a contending ball club helps him in producing constantly. And second, how important middle relief is for any team. Qualls did a good job while Randy Messenger imploded, thus setting the stage for the final score.


I think Messenger should have lifted his hat away from his eyes.. I’m surprised he could see to pitch. Good game for the ‘Stros! Nice to see Lidge have a flawless inning.

great start by Huff, and another go ahead hit by Berkman, and a scoreless inning from Lidge.

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