What Happened Was…

All good things must come to an end.  The Astros dropped their final game of April, 3-0, to the Cincinnati Reds.  This ends a streak of eleven straight games in Great American Ball Park that the Astros had won.

You could feel it building up – all the talk, all the hype surrounding the success of a sub-.500 team.  It was particularly frustrating for me, as I’d predicted the Astros to finish April at 10-12.  Instead, they’re 9-13.  So close, yet so far. 

We’ll begin a five game road series with three games in Atlanta starting tomorrow, then it’s off to Washington for a quick two games before coming back to Houston for two against the Cubs and three against the Padres.

Realistically, I think we can take two of three from the Braves, split with the Nationals and Cubs, and lose the Padres series 2-1.  That would be a straight .500 run, and our next off day, we’d be 14-18.  If we can steal a sweep in Atlanta or Washington, or the series against San Diego, we’d be at 15-17.

Round Rock Express (AAA) – The Express had the day off today.  They finish the month 7-13, last place in the PCL American South.

Corpus Christi Hooks (AA) – Corpus Christi got off to a hot start, scoring 5 runs in the top of the first inning, but Brian Moehler – on his rehab start – allowed five in the bottom of the frame.  Over 5.0 IP, Moehler allowed 8 runs on 11 hits and no walks.  Yet somehow, he didn’t earn the loss – that honor went to Christopher Salamida, who allowed the go-ahead run in the 16-9 loss to the Midland Rockhounds (OAK), who complete the sweep and continue their dominance over the Hooks.  1B James Van Ostrand was 3-for-5 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI.

Lancaster Jethawks (A+) – 2B Marcos Cabral hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth.  He’s now hitting .356/.415/.576 so far in the young season.  The Jethawks won 4-3 over the San Jose Giants (SFG).  Jason Castro was 0-for-1 off the bench.

Lexington Legends (A) – C Federico Hernandez’s 2-run home run would prove to be the game-winner as the Legends beat the Rome Braves (ATL) 4-2.  Henry Villar struck out 8 Braves in just 3.2 IP, allowing no earned runs.  Jose Trinidad earned the save, striking out 4 over 3.0 scoreless innings and allowing just a single hit.


  1. renaudtn

    Never heard of Henry Villar, but his 2Ks/inning yesterday look very good.
    I don’t know about you, but I’m slowly changing my mind about Paulino. He only pitched three games so far, but he’s looked pretty good. I have to admit I had little hope for him in ST. I don’t see how Cooper could send him back to RR if he keeps it up. If/when Moelher and Backe are back in shape, what do you think will happen provided Paulino keeps pitching well?

  2. roundrock15

    I like Paulino a lot, and right now I don’t think it would be fair to keep him out of the rotation; he’s earned a spot this season, and Moehler/Backe haven’t. Wade can “drag his feet” a bit, extending Moehler’s rehab as far as 30 days, if he feels it appropriate.

    I’d rather see Moehler in relief and Paulino in the rotation right now, at least until Brian shows he can pitch at the big league level right now, but Cooper has talked about Paulino staying and throwing out of the ‘pen. You have to think, right now, that Fulchino and Geary are the first ones to go.

    All in all, having too many good pitching candidates isn’t the worst problem in the world to have!


  3. renaudtn

    Paulino offers more upside than Moelher, who is reaching the end of his career. I don’t see why Cooper would want to pitch him out of the bullpen. So far he’s looked better than 2008 Moelher. What do you think about last night move when Cooper replaced Paulino after 5.2 innings with still a fairly low pitch count? I know he was getting a little shaky, but it’s not like he was getting pounded. He could have pitch that 7th inning and give our bullpen some rest.

  4. PWHjort

    What’s going on,
    I’m looking forward to our upcoming series against your Astros. Should be a good one. I hear Mike Hampton, in addition to not being injured, is pitching pretty well, I’m happy for him and particularly looking forward to watching him pitch.

  5. roundrock15

    PWHjort: He’s pitched really well so far; and so far he’s happy. When it’s Hampton you’re talking about, the former is more likely than the latter, however. You just kind of always wait for the other shoe to drop.

    Jeff: Sadly, the Astros are not the Cardinals, my friend. I wouldn’t be too terribly surprised to see us get swept by the Nats, and then turn around and sweep the Cubs. The past few years, it seems it’s always one or two games where we score nothing, then one or two games where we pile on. It doesn’t seem to make much difference who we’re playing sometimes.


  6. PWHjort

    Ugh. Awful series. Nah, seriously, the Astros looked pretty good. We continue to look like dog sh*t.

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