8:05 PM ET, June 22, 2006
Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
|Olney: It'll get better|
Roger Clemens was OK. Not great, not terrible. Plain ol' OK. And for someone who is 43 and stepping into the middle of a marathon when all the other runners are warmed up and in midrace form, not bad.
But Clemens looked healthy, and he will get better. The last month Clemens was fully healthy, this past August, he had an ERA of 1.70 and opposing hitters batted .166. Is he going to get to that point again? I don't know. But he's at least going to be good, once he gets his legs back, and he may well be a difference-maker in the NL playoff race.
• For more of Buster Olney's analysis, click here.
The Astros purchased Clemens' contract from Triple-A Round Rock before the game. ... Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to seven games.
Regular Season Series
|Stadium||Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX|
|Attendance||43,769 (104.1% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Mike Reilly|