Throw out the records when these two teams meet. The Astros officially have the Phillies number. J.A. Happ held his former mates to four hits and a single run in six innings of work. Happ walked four but was able to claim his sixth win of the season by a 5-2 margin. The Astros did all of their damage against Phillies starter Cole Hamels, plating five runs against the lefty in his five innings of work. Clint Barmes had the big blow with a three-run dinger in the fourth inning.
Just having the games available on TV again has been great. Seeing the Astros dominate the best team in the league on consecutive nights has been icing on the cake. With football season upon us Fox Sports Network no longer carries all the games. Tomorrow is a day game and then the television abyss begins again. Reigning Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay (17-5, 2.44) takes the mound for Philadelphia against Houston’s Bud Norris (6-9, 3.78). The Phillies will clinch a playoff spot with their next victory and the Astros will set a franchise record for futility with their next defeat. Both are certain to happen eventually, let’s just hope it’s not tomorrow.