Welcome To Houston, Tyler Clippard!

Tyler Clippard
August 14, 2017
Prior to his Astros debut

Welcome, Tyler Clippard! And thanks for your debut “clip art” presentation on “how to get in and out of a jam in three outs, no less”.

Clippard made his Astros debut in the bottom of the 8th in last night’s 2-0 loss to Arizona at their place. The outing proved to be a sequential presentation of perspiration and inspiration and, fortunately for our good guys, it occurred in that order. After giving up a lead-off ground rule double to deepest right center by lefty batter Jake Lamb of the D-Backs, Clippard then sewed the seeds of “uh oh” by walking right handed Paul Goldschmidt.

The game was still on the line when new Astro Clippard came in to pitch the bottom of 8th.

With runners on first and second and no outs, Arizona now threatened to squeeze any hope for an Astros rally in the 9th, but our man Tyler had another idea for the clip art conclusion of his first night of work as an Astros reliever.

With 2 outs in the bottom of the 8th, Clippard checks Lamb at 2nd base before striking our batter Marte to to end the inning with no harm done.

First he got former Astro and Tiger J.D. Martinez on a high pop fly to Yuli Gurriel in fair territory near first base. Then he did the same thing to Daniel Descalso on a high foul pop fly out to Gurriel, also near the bag. The icing then came when when Clippard struck out lefty Ketel Marte to retire the side with no further damage done. Unfortunately, the icing was only good for Houston players finger-licking after the D-Backs put down the Stros in the 9th to take the cake and seal their 2-0 win over their visitors from the Bayou City.

Colin McHugh (0-2) looked good, giving up only 2 runs on 6 hits in 5.2 innings of work, but D-Backs starter Zack Greinke (14-5) did a Rembrandt job on the Astros for 6.2 innings to earn the deserved win for the desert varmints.

Welcome again to Houston, “Clip Art” – and keep up the good work!

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST STANDINGS

THRU GAMES OF MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2017 

RANK AL WEST W L PCT. GB
1 ASTROS 72 46 .610  
2 ANGELS 61 58 .513 11.5
3 MARINERS 59 61 .492 14.0
4 RANGERS 57 60 .487 14.5
5 ATHLETICS 52 67 .437 20.5

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST GAME SCORES

THRU GAMES OF MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2017

 DIAMONDBACKS 2 – ASTROS 0.

 ORIOLES 11 – MARINERS 3.

 RANGERS 6 – TIGERS 2

 ROYALS 6 – ATHLETICS 2.

 ANGELS (day off for earth angels and barber shops)

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AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS

THRU GAMES OF MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2017

RANK PLAYER TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
1 JOSE ALTUVE HOU 451 163 34 3 18 .361
2 CARLOS CORREA HOU 325 104 18 1 20 .320
3 MARWIN GONZALEZ HOU 326 103 22 0 20 .316
4 JEAN SEGURA SEA 372 117 22 1 17 .315
5 ERIC HOSMER KC 452 141 22 1 19 .312
6 JOSE RAMERIZ CLE 446 139 38 5 18 .312
7 AVISAIL GARCIA CWS 360 112 21 3 13 .311
8 DIDI GREGORIUS NYY 369 113 18 0 18 .306
9 GEORGE SPRINGER HOU 388 118 22 0 28 .304
10 DUSTIN PEDROIA BOS 340 103 17 0 6 .303
18 JOSH REDDICK HOU 363 107 25 3 11 .295
23 YULI GURRIEL HOU 404 118 31 0 15 .292
38 ALEX BREGMAN HOU 388 105 29 4 13 .271

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

 

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