The difference is that Roberts was dominating the NL during the fifties; Hampton is 5-5 with a 4.16 ERA. He has one win against a team other than Pittsburgh.
Two plays in the first inning probably decided the game. With the first two runners on, Andy LaRoche hit a screamer up the middle. Hampton snagged it, although it almost knocked him over, and got a DP. With two outs and two on in the bottom half, Garrett Jones crashed into the wall to make a tough catch - and had the ball pop out of his glove on impact. 2-0 'Stros, game, set, match.
-- Byron Kerr of MASN.com says GM Rizzo should get the interim tag removed from his title after the NyMo/Burney deal:
"The acquisition of outfielder Nyjer Morgan and relief pitcher Sean Burnett was a perfect Rizzo deal. Morgan has already paid huge dividends with his energy, defense and scrappy attitude to get on base. Morgan makes catches in center the center fielder is supposed to make. He makes catches you think he shouldn't be able to make. Even when he drops a ball that he dove for, he gets up quickly and fires to 2nd to gun down the runner anyway. Burnett had that hiccup versus the Marlins in his debut, but still has some good numbers in his last 6 appearances, allowing just 1 earned run."-- 27 year-old SS Jhonny Peralta is supposed to be on the meat market. Let's see...he has a little pop with the bat, is a Cleveland Indian product, and the Bucs may be looking for a shortstop soon. Just wonderin'...
-- Eric Hinske will make his first start for the Bronx Bombers tonight in RF, according to Brian Hoch of MLB.com. Seems like nothin' but lefties have taken the hill since the Bucs dealt him; the Yankees plan to use him in a platoon role.
-- Ian Browne of MLB.com on 42-year-old Tim Wakefield's first All-Star selection:
"Wakefield became the oldest player to make the All-Star team for the first time since Satchel Paige. After years of dominance in the Negro Leagues, Paige went to his first major league All-Star game in 1952 at the age of 46. Jamie Moyer (40 in 2003) and Connie Marrero (40 in 1951) are the only other players to become All-Stars for the first time at age 40 or older."-- Ian Snell threw another shutout for Indy yesterday, giving up six hits and striking out six in a complete game (seven innings) win. Too bad he can't match that kind of performance at PNC.
-- LHP Rudy Owens (10-1, 1.79) keeps mowing 'em down at West Virginia. The 21 year-old threw five goose eggs and allowed two hits, with 3 Ks and a walk.
-- Mike Whiteford of the West Virginia Gazette has the story of first round selection Tony Sanchez's long, strange journey from Boston College to Charleston.