It Was A Dark and Stormy Night

June 5, 2013: It Was A Dark and Stormy Night at Minute Maid Park.

June 5, 2013: It Was A Dark and Stormy Night at Minute Maid Park.

It must have been a dark and stormy night. Houston Astros fans haven’t seen that much electricity firing its shocking way into Minute Maid Park since the Twelfth of Never. – If Ever! With only 15,000 faithful villagers reportedly showing up for the highly unanticipated big life-synergizing explosion,  the Cicada-dormant home boys woke up like their summer-howling namesakes last night in time to make home runs start flying out of the ballpark like they were in the final season of Jeffrey Von Frankenstein Luhnow’s seventeen-year rebuilding program.

Houston Astros GM Jeffrey Von Frankenstein Luhnow (L) and Director of Scouting Mike Elias (R) are keeping today's No. 1 pick in the amateur draft under wraps until tonight.

Houston Astros GM Jeffrey Von Frankenstein Luhnow (L) and Director of Scouting Mike Elias (R) are keeping today’s No. 1 pick in the amateur draft under wraps until tonight.

In their first four innings on Tuesday, June 5th, the Astros electrified six home runs to take a dominant 9-1 lead over the visiting Baltimore Orioles. In the bottom of the first, Astros designated hitter Jason Castro belted a two-run homer, his 8th of the season, over the right-center wall off starter Freddy Garcia and then catcher Carlos Pena followed with another two-run homer over the right-center wall off Garcia for his 6th of the year.  Shortstop Marwin Gonzalez then led off the Astros second inning with a solo shot over the right-center wall, again against Garcia, for his 4th of the season. Third Baseman Matt Dominguez later followed with another lead off homer to start the fourth against Garcia. It was the 9th home run of the season for Dominguez and the last of four homers off the rightfully now departing Freddy Garcia in this shocking explosion of the Astros over the stunned Orioles.

Two outs later, second baseman Jose Altuve belted his solo-shot 3rd homer of the year off Orioles reliever Steve Johnson. Then, after Castro walked, left fielder J.D. Martinez ripped another two-run homer, his 6th of the season, off Johnson for the club’s sixth long ball of the game and a 9-1 Astros lead.

The Orioles would rally late to narrow the final margin of victory to 11-7, but their “too little, too late” try for a comeback only served to remind one and all of this franchise’s identity prior to 1954. From 1902 to 1953, these guys were the longtime losing St. Louis Browns and they sometimes play today as though that recessive loser’s gene were still in control. Our joy over the Astros’ newly found life is tempered by the fact that we know that these other historic forces are still at play in the Orioles franchise brain.

Lefty  Dallas Keuchel (W, 3-2) went six to capture the win for the Astros, giving up 1 run on 5 hits.

It’s still nice to know that the Astros have now won seven of their last eight games for a winning percentage of .875. At 22 and 38 in the win/loss columns, they also now have 102 games left on the schedule to play,

"If the Astros can keep playing at our current .875 clip. I see no reason why we cannot continue to shock the baseball world!" - Astros Manager Bo "Seamhead" Porter.

“If the Astros can keep playing at our current .875 clip. I see no reason why we cannot continue to shock the baseball world!” – Houston Astros Manager Bo “Seamhead” Porter.

Let’s see here, I don’t want to get too far ahead of reality, but, if the Astros could now get stuck in the winning percentage gear of .875 that they have found (102 games X .875), they would win 89 of their remaining games and finish the season at 111-51, .685.

What a Monster Year that would be!

(Don’t worry. I’m due to take my meds at 11. Things should be fine by noon.)

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3 Responses to “It Was A Dark and Stormy Night”

  1. bob copus Says:

    Maybe if Marty Feldman could be brought back to life to provide extra inspiration…..”Abby Somebody”…..”Abby Normal”.

  2. Bob Hulsey Says:

    We will find out who the next building block is tonight. I am hoping for Gray or Bryant but I am expecting Appel.

  3. Darrell Pittman Says:

    All they need now is a 102-game win streak to finish the season at 124-38 and have a pretty good shot at the playoffs.

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