Houston Astros Lose to the Texas Rangers, Again

Richard ZowieCorrespondent IJune 17, 2009

PHOENIX - JUNE 14:  Manager Cecil Cooper of the Houston Astros looks on from the dugout during the major league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 14, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Games like this make me thankful Fox Sports Southwest isn't available (without paying extra) up here in Michigan.

I'm sure Pudge Rodriguez is a nice guy, and I'm glad last night he hit career home run 301 and tied Carlton Fisk with the most appearances made behind the plate with 2,226, but I'm worried since the game resulted in the Houston Astros fourth loss in four tries this season against the Texas Rangers.


Rodriguez' long ball was his only hit in four plate appearances against his former team.

Houston had only five hits on the night, four of which came against---sigh--Kevin Millwood, who continued his dominance against Houston, the same dominance that he also had against them with the Atlanta Braves. Millwood is now 7-4 with a 2.62 ERA this season. Not to mention that he allowed only one earned run in seven innings.

Astros lefty Wandy Rodriguez had an awful night, giving up six hits and six earned runs in four innings pitched. He yielded five walks, four strikeouts and gave up three home runs. He's now 5-6 on the season and his ERA, hovering in the low two's earlier in the season, is now at 3.33. One has to wonder if he's still tipping off pitches.

The good news is Houston's bullpen pitched four scoreless innings, giving up only three hits.

Houston's at 29-33. I'm starting to suspect that if things slide too bad, this might be Cecil Cooper's final season as Astros manager. I wonder if he regrets the 90-win prediction. Maybe what he meant to say was a 90-loss season.