Crowe filling in nicely for Castro in 3-hole

Crowe filling in nicely for Castro in 3-hole
September 14, 2013, 6:00 pm
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Porter talks about Crowe batting third

Trevor Crowe isn’t your typical No. 3 hitter in the batting order. He doesn’t pack a lot of power, hitting only one home run in 123 at-bats in the majors this season.

But as the Astros outfielder puts it, “I’m just keeping it warm until (Jason) Castro gets back.”

Crowe has subbed in well in the batting order for Castro, who counting Saturday, has missed nine of the last 12 games after having a cyst in his right knee drained on Sept. 3.

Crowe had three hits with two RBIs and a run in Friday’s 9-7 win over the Angels in the first game of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park.

“Obviously that’s a primary position in the order, and the important thing for me is to control my at-bats,” said Crowe. “Not to change. Keep having consistent at-bats and help keep the line moving.

“It’s a good opportunity for me.”

In his last seven games at Minute Maid Park, Crowe has hit safely in each game at a .462 clip (12-for-26). On Sept. 4 versus Minnesota, Crowe had a walk-off single in the ninth inning.

At this particular time Astros manager Bo Porter likes having Crowe batting third behind a couple of speedsters in the lineup. Jonathan Villar has been batting leadoff of late, followed by Jose Altuve, who is hitting .418 in September.

“Balance wise, it fits good with our lineup,” said Porter. “He’s (Crowe) a switch hitter. We have two speed guys in front of him. Trevor Crowe is a good fastball hitter, and when you have two speed guys in front of you, you’re going to see some more fastballs.

“And he’s driven in some big runs. And obviously (his) defense speaks for itself.”