Off the schneid and a magical night for the Wizard

The Astros finally won their first game tonight.  Of course, Roy O had to take matters into his own hand, his right hand to be exact, to get his first win of the season.  It was definitely good to see the bats finally coming around with both Carlos Lee (6th inning) and Lance Berkman (7th inning) getting their first home runs of the season, 

Carlos Lee started the scoring by driving in Morgan Ensberg in the 1st inning on a sacrifice fly against the 2006 World Series Game One starter Al Reyes.  Craig Biggio added to the lead with a 2-run double that was just shy of being a home run in the 2nd inning.  Biggio’s magic number now stands at 64. 

Roy O was truly "The Wizard" tonight.  Not only did he hold the Cardinals to 1 run over 5 hits, but he held "Prince Albert" to 0 for 4.  Pujols did get on base on an Ensberg error, but the Cardinals didn’t capitalize on it.    The Wizard of O’s apparently decided that he wouldn’t trust his first W of the season to anyone else so he threw a complete game on 94 pitches.  Roy’s ERA stands at an incredible 1.08 right now.

The Cardinals lone run came on a Gary Bennett single that drove in Miles Kennedy who had doubled in the 3rd inning.  After that little aberration, Roy settled down and pitched as close to lights out as one can get.

The bottom of the order had their bats and bodies ready for a win tonight also.  Adam Everett, batting 7th in the order, extended his hitting streak to 5 games and scored the Astros 2nd run.  Brad Ausmus must have confused himself with Craig Biggio tonight because he got hit by 2 pitches and also had 2 hits, officially going 2 for 2 and batting .300 for this young season.

The greatest sighs of relief for Astros fans came in the 6th inning when Carlos Lee belted his first homer as an Astro off reliever Brad Thompson.  In most other parks, that ball could’ve been a routine fly ball, but at Minute Maid Park, it was a sweet Crawford Boxes homer for Lee.  Here’s to hoping there are plenty more of those in the next 6 years. 

In the 7th inning, after getting Biggio and Ensberg out rather quickly, Thompson surrendered his 2nd home run of the night to Lance Berkman.  This put the Astros up 5-1–a score and lead that would hold up the rest of the night.  For a change, the Astros never fell behind and just about everyone in the lineup contributed. 

The Astros started off 0-4 but so did the Dallas Mavericks.  The Mavs are the best team in the NBA today after their horrendous start.  Here’s to hoping the Astros can duplicate the Mavericks winning streaks through out the 2007 season!

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