Mid-game notes: Norris, Altuve, who’s hot on the farm.
Mid-game notes on a hot, steamy getaway Thursday at Busch Stadium…
Bud Norris shrunk his ERA on Thursday and he didn’t even have to throw a pitch. Major League Baseball’s scoring committee reviewed the play from last Friday’s game in Chicago and changed a hit to an error, which worked in favor of Norris.
Darwin Barney hit a pop fly to shallow right that was difficult, but playable, for second baseman Jose Altuve. The play was ruled a hit, but on Thursday, it was changed to a dropped pop-fly error by Altuve. Three of the four runs Norris allowed that inning became unearned, which lowers his ERA from 3.60 to 3.39.
From the Elias Sports Bureau (we received this before Thursday’s game):
“It’s been a dream debut week for Astros rookie Jose Altuve, who capped a 3-for-5 night with a game-winning single in the ninth inning of a 4-2 win at St. Louis. Altuve is batting .423, with 11 hits in 26 at-bats in his first seven games for Houston. Only two other players in team history collected 11 or more hits in their first seven games in the majors: Ken Caminiti in 1987 (11-for-27) and Orlando Miller in 1994 (11-for-23).”
Early in his start Thursday, Wandy Rodriguez passed our lovable television announcer Jim Deshaies in the category of career innings pitched by an Astros left-hander. After the third inning, Wandy had 1,103 career innings, taking over third place and bumping J.D. (1,102) down a notch. Bob Knepper holds the record with 1,738 innings, followed by Mike Hampton 1,138.
Minor League highlights:
J.B. Shuck was 3-for-4 for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday and has hit safely in 10 of the 12 games he has played since the All-Star break. Since the break, Shuck is batting .444 (20-for-45) with nine RBIs. Shuck recorded only 17 RBIs in his first 260 at-bats prior to the All-Star break. His current .292 average is his highest since May 15 when he was batting .293.
Right-hander Lucas Harrell, recently claimed off waivers from the White Sox, has a 1.00 ERA over three games started with Oklahoma City. He has 16 strikeouts over 18 innings pitched.
Who’s hot in Double-A Corpus:
OF J.D. Martinez — .341, 12 HR, 68 RBIs. Past 10 games: .375, 2 HR
OF Jacob Gobbert — .323, 5 HR, 33 RBIs. Past 10 games: .395 (15-for-38)
Who’s hot in Class A Lancaster:
RHP Jose Cisnero — Past 18.1 IP: 2.98 ERA, 31 Ks
OF Adam Bailey — Past 10 games: .349, 2 HR, 12 RBIs
Who’s hot in Class A Lexington:
SS Ben Orloff — .317, 1 HR, 19 RBIs. Past 10 games: .400 (12-for-30).
2b Delino DeShields Jr. –– .230, 24 SB. Past 10 games: .381 (16-for-42), 4 SB
Who’s hot in St. Louis:
Me. It’s 100 degrees here. We’re melting. Thank goodness for Minute Maid Park, air conditioning and that wonderful, wonderful roof. We’ll be home soon.
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