Crowe's been clutch for Astros

Crowe's been clutch for Astros
September 4, 2013, 7:45 pm
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Since being recalled from Triple A Oklahoma City on Sunday, outfielder Trevor Crowe has hit safely in all four games he’s played in with the Astros.

None of the hits have been any bigger than on Wednesday, when his ninth-inning single scored Jonathan Villar to give the Astros a 6-5 walk-off win over the Twins at Minute Maid Park.

“I’ve been swinging the bat well,” said Crowe, who is in his second stint with the Astros this season. “The thing for me, I don’t look at how many hits I get, but am I ready to hit in a good rhythm in any good pitch?

“I’ve felt good the last three or four games. Hitting in the 3-hole, you get a lot of good opportunities, I was fortunate enough to capitalize on them today.”

Crowe was hitting in the third spot for only the second time all season. With his two hits, Crowe extended his hitting streak to six games. During the streak he’s hitting .409 (9-for-22) with two doubles and four RBIs.

In the fourth inning, Crowe’s single through the hole at second base scored Jose Altuve from second base to give the Astros a 4-3 lead.

Originally selected by the Cleveland Indians in the first round (14th overall pick) of the 2005 draft, Crowe was signed by the Astros to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training on Nov. 20, 2012. Crowe has had 21 starts this season with the Astros. He went on the disabled list on June 20 with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder.

“Crowe continues to swing the bat well and play solid defense,” said Astros manager Bo Porter. “He picked up right where he left off before he got hurt. It’s unfortunate we lost him for the amount of time that we lost him.

“He’s a good player. He’s a former number one pick. He’s a switch hitter, plays all three outfield positions. He’s a baseball player. He understands the game.”

Wednesday’s walk-off win was uplifting for the Astros, who had lost the first two games of the three-game series. Tuesday’s 9-6 loss to the Twins in 12 innings was difficult to take. Especially since the Astros had tied the game 6-6 on Brandon Barnes’ ninth-inning home run with two outs on a 0-2 count.

“Yesterday was a tough loss but the good teams put it behind them and they come out to play the next day,” said Crowe. “You got to give our guys credit, we did it today.

“If we want to be a good team going forward in the future, those are the type of at-bats we have to have. We have to battle all 27 outs. We don’t have those guys in our lineup that are going to hit 30 home runs. Right now we have to keep the line moving.”