Elmore hits, but struggles in field

Elmore hits, but struggles in field
June 30, 2013, 6:45 pm
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Elmore talks about his costly throwing error

Bo Porter wants to see what Jake Elmore can do at shortstop in his second stint with the Astros this season. Elmore played second base over three games in mid-May while Jose Altuve was on the bereavement list.

On Sunday, Elmore was making his third straight at shortstop since being recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on June 25.

Elmore had an up-and-down game in Sunday’s 3-1 loss to the Angels at Minute Maid Park. Elmore reached base three times with two hits. He also had a two-run throwing error in the eighth inning that contributed to the Angels sweeping the three-game series. On Saturday Elmore had two throwing errors.

“I’ve never had an issue throwing the ball,” said Elmore. “Accuracy has always been a big part of my game. First couple of game here had some errant throws. Not good when it’s a tight ballgame.”

Scoring was at a premium on Sunday as Houston’s Lucas Harrell and the Angels’ C.J. Wilson were locked in a pitchers’ duel.

In the eighth inning in a 1-1 game with Jose Cisnero in relief of Harrell, the Angels had Howie Kendrick at first base and one out after Albert Pujols struck out. Josh Hamilton then doubled to left-center.

Elmore caught the relay throw and attempted to make a play on Kendrick at the plate. But Elmore’s throw was well up the first-base side of home, and Kendrick and Hamilton both scored.

“When I caught it, I turned to throw and I saw where the runner was, and I was like, alright make a nice strong throw,” said Elmore. “And when I went to throw it, I kind of cut it.

“And as soon as I let it go, I got on the side of it and I knew it as soon as I let it go.”

With his two hits Elmore raised his season average with the Astros from .211 to .273.