Astros beat Cards 2-0 to avoid a sweep in final NL homestand.
W: Norris ( 6-13 )
L: Carpenter ( 0-1 )
S: Lopez ( 8 )
by Sphinx Drummond
Like the man said, rode hard and put away wet
Throw away the bad news, and put it to rest
If learning is living, and the truth is a state of mind
You’ll find it’s better at the end of the line.
Well it’s over, last home game of the year, last game for Milo. If you listened to the Astros’ radio broadcast you might have known there was a game going on. What one heard on the radio was 90% about Milo and 10% about the baseball game. But what the hey, Milo had a long and somewhat distinguished career. Us old timers will always hold Gene Elston in the highest regard but Milo deserves credit and recognition for what he has done over the past 27 years or so. Though, I think most of his renown has come as a result proximity and longevity, he always showed up, was enthusiastic, and obviously loved the game he sometimes paid attention to. He says he’ll still be around, here and there, wants to see the young guys develop (we all do, Milo).
Finally, for the first time since May, Bud Norris is a winning pitcher. It’s been a long time coming. He pitched a good game giving up only two hits while striking out seven over seven and a third innings. It’s got to be a great relief for Bud to finally get a win. And in a semi-significant game for the team, for what it’s worth. Wilton Lopez pitched the final inning and two thirds for his 8th save.
Yes it’s true, the Astros won for the first time in the last eleven meetings with the Cardinals. Jose Altuve got the scoring started with a solo homerun in the fourth inning which would prove to be enough but the Astros added another run in the inning just in case.
It was an emotional night, I’m a sentimental old fart and I get a bit teary eyed thinking about the past and all the great memories I have, they’re all of the Astros as a National League team. Next time they play a home game, they will be in the AL and they will have a DH. All we have of the home-team NL Astros is just a memory. I will always harbor a resentment towards MLB for turning it’s collective back on the fans of the Houston Astros, the powers that be showed no regard for the wants and desires of their fan base.
It was an emotional day for Milo, I heard he broke down several times recounting his past. He still has a very large ego, as he was signing off, he mentioned that Vin can rest easy knowing that his longevity record is safe. As if they were some kind of contemporaries.
Can you deny, there’s nothing greater
Nothing more than the traveling hands of time?
Saint Genevieve can hold back the water
But saints don’t bother with a tear stained eye.