Complete control

Welcapt.95c28c52bb164490a55ffa735840ccba.pirates_astros_baseball_hta114.jpgl, well. After last night’s bitter time, Wandy Rodriguez comes up and pitches like never before.

A complete game shutuout nonetheless. 11 strikeouts, tying his season record, five singles and his first shutout since 2007. Only fitting considering that Wandy has become (for some people’s amazement) one of the most reliable pitchers for Houston in 2009.

It’s true the Astros have a negative record when it comes to shutouts (3-7). However, Wandy has started in each of those shutout games in which Houston has won.

That should tell you a lot about Rodriguez. It’s true he’s had his share of bad times. But this year he has been so much better than we all thought at first. It was a matter of time, wasn’t it?

We have to thank Wandy Rodriguez because he helped the ‘Stros to get something they have not achieved very often this year: Keeping a game under its control from start to finish.

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