June 23, 2021

Clemens’ story gets bad twist

first_img Taveras CF Berkman LF Ensberg 3B Lamb 1B And there, six names deep, he saw his. Bagwell DH And he couldn’t have been more ecstatic. This, you see, was the great unknown, and the great debate, in Houston since Thursday night, when the Astros secured their first National League pennant. Garner made his decision Friday, opting for Bagwell over Chris Burke, who in two postseason rounds was hitting .348 (8 for 23) with 2 home runs (including the clincher in the Division Series vs. Atlanta). “I’m excited for Jeff,” Garner said before the game. “I think he wanted to make sure that this was a baseball decision, which it definitely was. A measure of a great human being is the fact that he wants nothing handed to him, and he wanted to make sure that I felt he was the right guy for the job (Saturday).” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHICAGO – Just this once, he looked less like a pitcher for the ages than just another aged pitcher. Roger Clemens fights longer and harder than anyone in the game to hold off the ravages of wear and tear on a 43-year-old body. But defiance has its limits. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I fought my way through that inning, got through that inning,” he said afterward, not long after Chicago rolled to a 5-3 win. “He told me he was plenty willing to go back out there, to eat up some innings to help the bullpen,” Astros pitching coach Jim Hickey said. “But I wouldn’t call it an argument. We’ve run into situations like this before and he’s argued a lot more vehemently.” The Astros haven’t gone to Plan B – yet. Clemens was, in manager Phil Garner’s words, “the proverbial day-to-day” and wasn’t slated to pitch again until Game 5. Bags gets nod at DH: Jeff Bagwell has 5,999 career at-bats as the No. 3 hitter in the Houston lineup, and yet last night, before Game 1 of the World Series, a night Bagwell has played 15 seasons for, he saw a lineup that read like this: Biggio 2B center_img One moment, he was a storybook just waiting for a happy ending, a Texan being rewarded for all that hard work with the chance to carry a team from the Lone Star State into its first World Series. Then came the twist. Two innings into Game 1, Clemens hurried off the mound to cover first on a ground ball. A tweak of his hamstring, and there suddenly were a lot more questions than answers. last_img

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