I believe it was the Beach Boys who sang the song "Wouldn't it Be Nice?" Perhaps the song could use a new stanza:
"Wouldn't it be nice if Mike Hampton,
Could pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates ever day?
Then the Houston Astros could get ready,
For a World Series ticker tape parade celebration day."
OK, sports fans, as you can plainly see, my songwriting will never, ever compare with the Beatles, Bob Marley, Billy Joe Shaver, or [fill in the name of the songwriter you love whom I neglected to mention].
Back to the ranch.
Hampton must love pitching against the Pittsburgh Pirates. This is the tenth straight time he has defeated the Pirates. Here's his line from last night's 4-1 win over the Bucs:
"Seven innings pitched, three hits, one earned run, three walks and three strikeouts. He's now 5-5 on the season."
Granted, Hampton didn't get a hit last night, although he did score a run and drew a walk. However, Houston helped him out by scoring two first-inning runs.
Yes, it may have been against the Pirates, who are the N.L. Comedy Central's cellar dwellers, but a win is a win though, right?
Geoff Blum helped out Hampton with a first-inning, two-run triple. Miguel Tejada had two doubles and Lance Berkman went one for two to raise his batting average to .270.