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.

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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).”

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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.

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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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1 Comment

That’s nothing! Here in Dallas its 106 on average! :/

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