'Stros at the plate: “Kazuo Matsui went 3-for-3 with a double,a run scored, and an RBI, and Hunter Pence went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Edwin Maysonet hit a solo home run to left field off of right-hander Chad Durbin in the sixth inning.”
That’s two 3-3 days for Kaz in the past three games. Maysonet is 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