The Pittsburgh Pirates have the Chicago Cubs to beat up on. The Houston Astros have the Pittsburgh Pirates to beat up on. Astros starter Roy Oswalt pitched well in Houston. Real well. Neil Walker had the lone Pirates hit in a 2-0 defeat. The Astros, yes, the Astros swept the Pirates for the second time this season. Yes, it happened twice.
I hate Texas.
Oswalt struck out eight Pirates and walked two in a commanding complete game performance that lowered his ERA to 3.08. Oswalt threw 117 pitches with 79 strikes and was continually in pitcher counts throughout the game.
Lance Berkman (12) had two solo homeruns off Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf. Berkman crushed longballs in the first and fourth inning. The Pirates now have a record of 30-55 in the Rendon sweepstakes on the season.
Bobby Crosby has two hits in his last 24 at-bats.