Arizona (33-35) at Houston (37-32)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Tue Jun 17, 2003
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Andrew Good has not been bothered by being bounced around—whether it’s from the minors to the majors or from the bullpen to the starting rotation.

The injury-plagued pitching staff of the Arizona Diamondbacks could use another strong outing from the rookie right-hander as he faces the Houston Astros.

Good originally was called up from Triple-A Tucson in mid-April when the struggling John Patterson was sent to the minors. He made one relief appearance before making his first big-league start in place of Randy Johnson, who went on the disabled list with a strained knee.

He made four starts and three relief appearances for Arizona before being sent back to Tucson on May 26, the same day he picked up his first major league win in an 8-4 victory over San Diego.

Good rejoined the Diamondbacks just over a week later when Curt Schilling landed on the DL with a broken hand. Since getting back in the majors, Good has sandwiched two scoreless innings of relief between two starts—both wins.

Not even shoddy defense disturbed Good in his most recent outing as he overcame three Arizona errors to beat Kansas City 4-3. He allowed two unearned runs and six hits in six innings.

“That’s what we’ve come to expect from him,” Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly said. “He didn’t unravel. He didn’t get rattled. He doesn’t worry about, `What if.”’

Arizona, which also has relievers Matt Mantei and Bret Prinz on the DL, is looking to get within a game of .500 for the first time since the opening week of the season.

While the Diamondbacks have won five of seven, the Astros have matched a season high by losing four in a row—three by one run.

They were swept in a three-game set against Boston over the weekend, capped by Sunday’s 3-2 loss in 14 innings.

One bright spot from the series was Jeff Bagwell hitting his first homer since May 5. He had gone 140 at-bats without a home run—the longest drought of his career.

Diamondbacks - 4th place, 9 GB, NL West.

DIAMONDBACKS PROBABLE STARTER: Andrew Good (3-1, 4.07 ERA). Good has been outstanding in his last four appearances, posting a 2.57 ERA while winning all three of his starts.

ASTROS PROBABLE STARTER: Jeriome Robertson (4-3, 6.18 ERA). The rookie southpaw is 3-0 in his last seven starts, but struggled in his most recent two and did not get a decision in either. He was tagged for a total of seven runs and 12 hits in 9 1-3 innings against the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Robertson, who hasn’t lost since April 25, has pitched more than six innings only once in 12 starts.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Diamondbacks - Luis Gonzalez, .305 avg., 13 HRs, 46 RBIs and 43 runs; Tony Womack, 7 SBs. Astros - Jeff Kent, .315 avg. and 48 RBIs; Morgan Ensberg, Lance Berkman and Bagwell, 12 HRs; Berkman, 48 runs; Adam Everett, 6 SBs.

2002 SEASON SERIES: 3-3.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Diamondbacks - SS Womack is 11-for-32 (.344) in the last nine games, raising his season average to .240. … The Diamondbacks are 3-2— with one postponement—on their nine-game road trip. They’ve totaled 21 runs in the last two games after being held to 10 in the first three. …. 2B Carlos Baerga has had at least two hits in four of his last five starts. Astros - INF Geoff Blum is batting .421 in his last six games following an 0-for-14 drought. … Houston is 1-5 in extra innings. … LHP Billy Wagner has surrendered just two runs in his last 23 appearances. … Houston has won six straight at home.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Diamondbacks - 15-17 on the road; Astros - 22-12 at home.

INJURIES: Diamondbacks - IF Junior Spivey (ankle), 15-day DL; OF David Dellucci (concussion), 15-day DL; LHP Johnson (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Mantei (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Schilling (hand), 15-day DL; RHP Prinz (groin), 60-day DL; IF Craig Counsell (thumb), 60-day DL. Astros - LHP Carlos Hernandez (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Brian Moehler (elbow), 15-day DL.

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A. Good Tor vs. J. Robertson NYM
4-2 Record 15-9
5.29 ERA 5.10
42 K 99
16 BB 64
1.36 WHIP 1.52