Astros keep losing, but Castro's thriving

Astros keep losing, but Castro's thriving
May 26, 2013, 10:15 pm
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While the Astros faltered in another attempt to win a game against the Athletics (they're now 0-for-9), catcher Jason Castro showed his worth.

He had eight hits in nine at-bats, two home runs and three RBIs in the series.

On Sunday, he also had his first career four-hit game but the Astros lost 6-2.

It's a strong sign of progression for the 25-year-old catcher, who previously batted .257 (9-35) during the last nine-game road trip.

Castro has never been much of a power hitter, and yet on Saturday, he hit two home runs. It was the second multi-homer game of his career. (The other occasion: September 28, 2012 at Milwaukee.)

This development for Castro is one of the few positives Houston can take from its latest series with Oakland.

“I'm just trying to stay within myself,” Castro said. “I was pretty comfortable with what I knew [Bartolo Colon] was going to do. Just tried to stay within myself, got some pitches that were out over the plate and I was able to get some swings on them.”

It was the fifth time Castro was a designated hitter this season. It's a position with which he's becoming more comfortable.

“It's nice to have," he said. "I'm just starting to get kind of comfortable in that situation and today was one of the better DH days I've had … It's a new thing for me. I've tried some different things and it's kind of been a trial and error process.”

Playing different roles in the lineup is the sort of versatility manager Bo Porter wants to see from his players. And while taking on new assignments is part of the learning process, Porter also wants his players to stick with what brought them to the show.

“He's doing a great job of learning himself and understanding what they're trying to do with him.” Porter said. “He's putting a good swing on the ball.”

Castro has a .579 (11-19) average during the current homestand. His .283 average on the season is the second highest on the team (of players with at least 100 at-bats).

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