As timeless pitching matchups go, this one is a doozy. I hope everyone set their DVRs. We've got the rookie Sean Marshall against someone I've never heard of--C. Sampson, who's making his first major league start. Both managers should have double barrels going in the bullpen around the time of the first pitch.
In fairness, Marshall has had his moments for the Cubs. He pitched well his last time out against the Cardinals but didn't factor. He's winless since May 17 and 3-3 on the year with a 4.80 ERA. Glendon Rusch could learn a thing or 10 from the young guy.
the Astros, the mysterious C. Sampson, google tells me is rookie Chris Sampson, who has been forced into the rotation, at gunpoint presumably, because of the injury to Steve Stone and Chip Caray favorite, Roy Oswalt.
Also, in case you haven't heard it appears the Astros have signed a right-handed pitcher named Roger Clemens. I must've missed that transaction on the agate page.
And looks like Kerry Wood will take his customary .
We'll have baseball soon from that silly little bandbox in Houston. Today's lineups.
Juan Pierre leads things off and takes a strike and then a ball from Sampson. And then another ball. Pierre then hits a one-hopper to Lance Berkman at first and Berkman steps on the bag himself. Freddie Bynum--I mean Tony Womack bunts and Sampson, whom we're told is a former shortstop, is all over it. Michael Barrett--wasn't this guy suspended?--rips it back to Sampson, who knocks it down and then makes the throw to first. I'd like to know what exactly is the basis of Barrett's appeal. A.J. Pierzynski's face got in the way of his fist?
Yes, that was Tony Womack not Freddie Boom Boom Bynum hitting second. Sorry about that. I've got to say I'm not a big fan of the Astros. Never have been, never will. And it all starts with this guy, Craig Biggio. Biggio grounds out to Womack. Marshall gets Chris Burke. Bob Brenly calls that flag pole 430 feet away from home plate in center field a "safety hazard." My hat's off to any center fielder who can negotiate that hill on a dead run and even get near the pole. I've seen Andruw Jones make a great catch about half way up, but that's about it. Berkman grounds out.
DC on the message board, I agree that Biggio is a gamer...well, all the way up to that garbage he wears on his arm at the plate. Still don't like him. Todd Walker flies out to center. LA, I'm sure there are a lot of things you don't get. But that's up to you and your inner demons to work out. Aramis Ramirez grounds out-- as does John Mabry.
Morgan Ensberg grounds out to Ronny Cedeno. Preston Wilson grounds back to Marshall, who makes a minor adventure of it but gets the out. Jason Lane draws a walk. Lane takes off for second and stunningly Barrett throws him out.
By the way, the Garden Weasel makes a great gift. Just not for this guy since I don't have a garden. Matt Murton, a big gardener, grounds out to third. Cedeno grounds out Biggio at second as Sampson continues to blow through the Cubs' lineup. Marshall grounds back to Sampson and then runs to first about as hard as Aramis Ramirez. We move on.
For those of you asking, or the one of you, the Cubs are not going deep into the count against Sampson. They're just grounding out every time up. Brad Ausmus leads off the bottom of the third with a homer to left. That was a legitimate; not one of those cheapies into the Crawford Boxes, or whatever they call those infernal seats in left. Adam Everett walks. Sampson bunts Everett to second. Marshall strikes out Biggio on a nasty curve. Burke swings and misses and tumbles to the ground. What the? He hurt his shoulder. That's it for him. He leaves the game. Willy Taveras will step in, will play center and hit with a 1-1 count. Taveras grounds to Ramirez, who makes a nice play and a big throw to get the speedy runner.
Astros 1, Cubs 0
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