Yesterday, it was Carlos Lee, who went 1-for-3 and knocked in 3 runs as the Astros topped the Pirates, 4-1. Today, it was Lance Berkman, who had 3 RBI of his own as he went 1-for-4 with a home run as the Astros rallied to beat the Pirates 6-3.
One of the more glaring issues in the Astros’ 1-6 start was Berkman and Lee, the #3 and #4 hitters respectively, going a combined .180/.268/.340 with 3 RBI. In the past two days, they have combined to go .333/.353/.733 with 7 RBI.
Russ Ortiz got a little battered in his first start as an Astro, giving up three earned runs in his 4.2 innings. Wesley Wright entered, got the last out in the fifth inning, and called it a day with his first win of the season.
Jeff Keppinger went 1-for-2 with a walk, extending his hit streak to 6 games, or every game he’s played in his Astros career. Kepp hit a triple and was knocked in by Ortiz.
I predicted a 2-1 win in this series, and despite the embarrassing shutout on Monday, and head home to Houston now to begin a 10-game homestand with 4 games against Cincinnati. I’ve got a series split, 2-2.