Astros Launch Wagner Into Orbit

In a weird juxtaposition, former Phillie Ezequiel Astacio came away looking good, while former Astro Billy Wagner was pretty badly beaten up. Wagner allowed five earned runs in just 2/3 of an inning as the Astros beat the Phillies 14-8 in a game that swung back and forth throughout the afternoon.

Ezequiel Astacio was one of the up and coming pitchers dealt to Houston when the Phillies got Billy Wagner. On Wednesday, he reminded the Phillies of just how much potential he has when he threw four shutout innings, giving up just three hits and a walk and striking out five. The outing helped the Astros to a 14-8 win over the Phillies.

Ironically, it was Billy Wagner that was pounded for five earned runs in just 2/3 of an inning against his old teammates. The game was tied 7-7 when Wagner entered.

Starter Cory Lidle didn't fare much better, giving up seven runs in 5.1 innings on seven hits and two walks. He struck out one. Ryan Madson was also hit hard, giving up two runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Ryan Howard, whose experiment of learning to play left field ended on Tuesday, went 3-for-5. Tomas Perez hit his second homerun of the season for the Phillies.

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