Astros lose 7 -2
W: Germano (2-2)
L: Norris (5-10)
by Sphinx Drummond
It seems that the Astros play a lot of Wednesday afternoon games. Most days, the kind of work I do is not conducive to following baseball. But first and foremost, I must remember there is a day game. Yesterday, I did not. According to all the post game information the Astros lost to the Cubs 7 to 2.
Norris took the loss, it’s been a long time now since May 21st, the last time Bud Norris won a game. Norris has gone 0-9 with a 6.98 ERA in his last 13 outings. Yesterday he surrendered three home runs. It’s very hard to win games when your team is offensively anemic and the pitcher continues to get pounded. Everyone seems to think Bud would be a better starter if he developed a third pitch. Okay, so what is he waiting for?
Jose Altuve continues to be one of the two or three bright spots in the organization this year, going 3 for 4 from the lead off position. Unfortunately, the 2 though 4 hitters went a collective 0-For the game, wasting Altuve’s efforts. He needs to make smarter plays on defense but I think the guy is a keeper.
Norris might be hurt, he was limping around the clubhouse after trying to kicking a ball into an infield hit. It’s probably just a bruise but the team will keep an eye on it. And for some reason, Wallace didn’t play. Today is an off day, next game is on Friday against the DiamondBacks. According to a thread in the Beer and Queso section of the SNS forum, I think there will be some kind of gathering on Saturday night.