Houston Astros Win Rubber Game, Defeat Pittsburgh Pirates

Richard ZowieCorrespondent IJune 8, 2009

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 13:  Catcher Humberto Quintero #55 of the Houston Astros fields the ball during the Opening Day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on April 13, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Houston Astros are now 25-30, half a game from getting out of dead last place in the National League Central courtesy of a rubber game victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-4.

The good news is, Houston won. The bad news is, they still used twice as many pitchers as the Pirates did.

I must've given the Houston bullpen the kiss of death the other day when I spoke of how great a game was since so few pitchers were used.

Astros starter Felipe Paulino pitched only 1 2/3 innings, giving up a run on three hits and striking out an impressive four hitters before leaving the game with a groin injury.

Russ Ortiz, who replaced Paulino, pitched 4 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball. Alas, he's now joined the list of the many Astros pitchers who see their efforts go unrewarded when the bullpen can't hold the lead.

Not to worry. Jeff Fulchino came in during the seventh with the bases loaded and two outs and held the Pirates to two runs for what turned out to be his very first major league win.

Catcher Humberto Quintero put Houston ahead for good in the eighth with a two-run, RBI single.

Now, all he needs is a catchy nickname. Let's see...Pudge is already taken. How about Oomie? Or, paying homage to a popular eighties arcade game:

Humberto Qintero = Q-bert


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