Posted May 11, 2012 on AP on Fox
Bud Norris allowed three hits in six sharp innings and the Houston Astros edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 on Friday night. Brian Bogusevic singled and scored in the second on a double-play grounder to provide all the offense the Astros needed in support of Norris (3-1), who struck out eight without walking a batter. Brett Myers pitched the ninth for his ninth save. Pittsburgh's James McDonald (2-2) extended his impressive start, giving up just four hits in eight innings while striking out eight and walking two. Norris worked out of a bases-loaded, none-out jam in the sixth and Houston's improved bullpen made it stand up.

Schafer becoming base-stealing threat for Astros

For all that's been made of how Jordan Schafer fits into the Astros' new patience profile of higher walk and strikeout totals, there's another element of the game that he adds to a team with little. In replacing Michael Bourn, whom he was traded for, Schafer provides one of the few significant base-stealing threats on the roster. Through the Astros' 1-0 victory...

Record aside, Astros ready to battle every day

HOUSTON Sometimes there is accomplishment even in defeat, something the Astros made clear as they concluded their nine-game home stand with an extra-inning loss to the Marlins Wednesday night. On Tuesday night they rallied against long odds and Marlins right-hander Anibal Sanchez to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, then nearly did so again in the series finale before falling...

Bring on the Astros

I said before this series started that I wanted to see the Pirates go at least 6-3. They need a sweep of the Astros to get there. Bud Norris goes for the Astros against the recently excellent James McDonald. First pitch tonight is at 7:05.

MLB Insiders: Houston Astros

The Pirates open a three-game series with the Houston Astros on Friday night at PNC Park. Right-hander James McDonald will pitch for the Bucs. The Astros will toss righty Bud Norris.

Golden Sombrero: J.D. Martinez (4/16/2012)

Date: April 16, 2012 vs. Washington Nationals Top 1: J.D. Martinez struck out swinging against Stephen Strasburg (5 pitches) Top 4: Martinez struck out swinging against Strasburg (3 pitches) Top 6: Martinez walked against Strasburg (9 pitches) Top 7: Martinez struck out swinging against Ryan Mattheus (4 pitches) Top 9: Martinez struck out swinging against Henry Rodriguez...

Lowrie enjoying healthy start to season

Entering the 2012 season, oft-injured Houston Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie hadn't appeared in more than 88 major league games in a season. But he has remained healthy thus far, and the Stanford product is batting .301 with a .387 on-base percentage and some power.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Houston Astros – Game 32

Can’t win em all I guess.   First Pitch: 7:05 Where To Watch:  Root Sports, MLB.TV, FS-H   Bud Norris, RHP (27) Astros?  Bud?  It seems like the Pirates are playing against the SPCA. Thankfully that isn’t his real name. His real name is David. Not sure where bud came from so I’ll just assume [...]

Daily Notes: Largely Concerning Felipe Paulino

Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes. 1. Featured Game: Kansas City at Chicago AL, 20:10 ET 2. Lightly Annotated Video: Felipe Paulino’s Season Debut 3. Other Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game) 4. Today’s Complete Schedule Featured Game: Kansas City at Chicago AL, 20:10 ET Of Particular Note Regarding This Game Of particular...

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Houston Astros – Game 34

That took a bit of the sting off of the previous loss.  Pirates need the rubber game though.  Do the Pirates even have a Sunday lineup? First Pitch:  1:35 PM EST Where to Watch:  Root Sports, MLB.TV, FS-H   Wandy Rodriguez, LHP (33) Can we please make something very clear right off the top. Wandy [...]

Pirates waste J-Mac’s fabulous start

Final: Astros 1, Pirates 0 WP: Bud Norris (3-1, 3.95 ERA) LP: James McDonald (2-2, 2.42 ERA) SV: Brett Myers (9, 0.77 ERA) James McDonald was spectacular. The rest of the Pirates, not so much. After giving up a run in the 2nd inning, McDonald cruised through the rest of his start as he struck out eight Astros in eight innings while giving up just four hits and two walks. In the 6th...

Frustration defined

It would be hard to dream up a more irritating loss than this one. The Pirates got another great effort from James McDonald, but failed to give him a single run of support and lost 1-0. J-Mac was excellent yet again, continuing his recent string of strong outings. He went 8 innings, struck out 8, and allowed just 4 hits. Houston scratched out a run in the second inning without the...
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