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Houston Astros Notes, Quotes 2008-06-28

Houston Astros Notes, Quotes 2008-06-28
--OF Reggie Abercrombie hit the first pinch homer of his career in the eighth inning. It was his first homer since May 28, 2007, at Wrigley Field.

--C Humberto Quintero extended his hitting streak to four games by going 1-for-3. Quintero is hitting .365.

--INF Geoff Blum was in the lineup at third base to face Daisuke Matsuzaka instead of usual starter Ty Wigginton. Blum went 0-for-4, dropping his average to .233.

"That's usually what I do is to try to get another lefty bat when I can, when I think I've got a real good right-hander," manager Cecil Cooper said. "This guy is pretty tough on right-handers, and it's a chance for Blummy to get more at-bats. I can always insert Wiggy later if I need him.

"He can come off the bench and swing the bat. He's been swinging it pretty well. There's no controversy. (Wigginton) is my third baseman, and I like to give my veteran guys on the bench a chance to get some at-bats."

--RHP Doug Brocail made his 41st appearance of the season Friday, tying his career high in a first half. He made 41 appearances in the first half of the season in 1999 with Detroit.

--LHP Tim Byrdak has not allowed a run in 22 of 26 appearances this year.

BY THE NUMBERS: 3 -- Times OF Reggie Abercrombie struck out June 22, and all three were on only three pitches. Abercrombie swung at all nine pitches he saw, fouling three of them off.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't want to just blame this on him and say he's the reason we're playing bad. If I did that, I would have to point at 25 players plus eight, nine coaches. I'd point the finger and everybody. That's not the case. He's one of the guys that's pitched in the pen before." -- Manager Cecil Cooper, on RHP Shawn Chacon, who was moved to the bullpen and out of the starting rotation June 22.

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Added: June 28, 2008

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