Contributed by Reuben
Brewers 10, Astros 1
W: Gallardo (9-8)
L: Keuchel (1-4)
“The outcome of the game tells the tale,” declared Chris Snyder after the latest Astros loss, and I’m going to take his word on that, because I didn’t see a single minute of it. It’s probably a good thing, too, because the early part of the night hadn’t been the best for me, and chasing it with the Astros game that transpired would’ve been rather depressing.
Instead, I went bowling with my wife, brother, and two friends at a place called The Gutter, in Brooklyn. They have a few small (possibly cathode-ray) TVs scattered throughout the place; half were showing the Olympics and half, oddly, were showing the Cubs-Pirates game. Of course, all you could really tell from glancing at the screen here and there was that the Pirates were winning, 4-0 for most of it. I didn’t realize until later when I was checking scores on my phone that AJ Burnett had come close to throwing a no-hitter for them. I doubt anybody else in the joint knew, either.
It’s getting easier and easier to root for the Pirates. Obviously, they have the rich history, Honus Wagner on through Clemente and Stargell, and they have the underdog factor, and the they’ve-endured-twenty-straight-years-of-being-shit-on factor. They have one of the best, most dynamic players in the game, McCutchen. Now they’ve got Wandy, too, and yesterday, they even took steps to eliminate their douche-bag element, trading former-Brewer, current-assclown Casey McGehee to the Yankees for Chad Qualls. How can you not like this team? Even AJ Burnett, who always seemed vaguely dickish and unlikable, is easy to root for now, because the better he does for the Pirates, the bigger middle finger it is to the Yankee brass and their fans.
What else happened?
-The Astros turned 4 double-plays.
-Altuve had 2 more hits, bumping his average up to .302.
-Snyder hit his 5th homer.
-Francisco Cordero didn’t allow any baserunners (granted, he didn’t pitch).
-I bowled a 115. That’s a pretty good score for me.
To read actual, relevant discussion of the Astros game (and the historical significance of Chuckie Fick), read the GameZone thread.