The Franchise's performance last night was what we've been expecting. The comments from the Astros' clubhouse said it all.
"He's unbelievable," Astros third baseman Mike Lamb said. "The stuff he was throwing out there tonight, he's everything he was hyped up to be. He was 97 [mph] with movement. You just don't see that every day. My first times up, he's throwing 97 and you don't know what to expect, and then he throws curveballs for strikes. It's tough to do that. He's pretty good, really good."
It's conceivable to think that Matt Cain, Lincecum and Lowry will be the Giants best three pitchers at some point in the near future. Zito and Morris are stabilizing forces at the moment, which leaves no room for Ortiz. Lincecum can not be sent down at this point.
For what it's worth, Ortiz threw 5.2 innings last night in Fresno, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) and striking out 4.