Bad day on the mound today for the Stros. From astros.com:
Stros at the plate: “Kazuo Matsui went 3-for-3 with a double, run scored and RBI and Hunter Pence went 1-for-3 with a double and RBI. Edwin Maysonet hit a solo home run to left field off right-hander Chad Durbin in the sixth inning.”
That’s two 3-3 days for Kaz in the past 3 games. Maysonet showing some pop while vying for that back up infield position, making the decision even tougher for Coop.
Stros on the bump: “Left-hander Mike Hampton allowed seven hits, seven runs, three walks and three home runs in five innings. He struck out three” From Brian McTaggart of the Houston Chronicle: “The Phillies hit four homers off the Astros, with Wesley Wright giving up four runs, a homer and two walks in one inning to raise his ERA to 3.60. Chris Sampson pitched two innings, allowing three hits and two unearned runs. ”
Tough day on the mound for Hampton and Houston but, those days are gonna happen, just ask Mike Hampton:
“”I’ll have one during the season, too, probably more than just one,” he said. “That’s just part of it. You try to minimize the damage as much as you can, but I made some good pitches at times and there were some times I left the ball over the plate and got hit.” ”
In Hampy’s defense, Coop says he got squeezed a little.
Houston’s Grapefruit League record: Astros 9-18-3