If you didn't know any better you might have thought that spot-starter Brett Oberholtzer was being paid $15 Million dollars this season to pitch for the Astros. But that's just really silly. Since you do know better you might be surprised that Oberholtzer pitched 7 innings of glamorous scoreless baseball to fill in for Erik Bedard who was scratched because of shoulder soreness according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart. Oberholtzer was spotless striking out 6 giving up only 3 hits and turning the term "Base on Balls" from something you hear every day to some kind of foreign gobbledygook. In fact none of the Astros pitchers walked anybody tonight. Not Chia-Jen Lo who made his major league debut and not Jose Cisnero either. Lo came on in the 8th inning gave up two singles and said 拜拜 to Ryan Flaherty with a 96-mph swinging strikeout to end the inning. Lo made his debut as the first Taiwanese player to play for the Astros just like Zeid made his debut as the first Greek god to play for the Astros yesterday. Cisnero then came out in the 9th and struck out one and ended the game on a flyout. We might as well get used him him pitching the 9th more often though Bo Porter has said the closer is by committee. I for one would like to know what committee is making these closer decisions. Shouldn't these be Bo's decisions? On offense there was tons of it. How about future hall-of-famer Jason Castro going 3-4 with two doubles and a grand slam? I guess that's why he's undoubtedly a future hall-of-famer. Robbie Grossman singled and also hit his first home run which reminded me of a joke I made about a year ago of a player hitting a ball out onto Eutaw street in one of my recaps. I was just joking around yes but Robbie Grossman's 2-run bomb today actually did land on Eutaw street so in a sense I was about a year ahead of myself in being correct. So let's just say that I'm a psychic. Or maybe not. Just because I have special powers doesn't mean I should flaunt them like the self-proclaimed narcissist that I am.
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