Even though the Astros were swept in a four-game series at Cleveland, extending their losing streak to a season-high nine games, Marc Krauss had a big weekend, getting four doubles off Indians pitching.
Krauss, who had two doubles in Sunday’s finale and two doubles among his three hits in Thursday’s series opener, is turning into a reliable player coming off the Houston bench.
In limited action, the 25-year-old outfielder has had some big hits. Being a reserve is a new role for Krauss, a second-round pick by the Diamondbacks of the 2009 draft.
“I’ve never come off the bench before,” said Krauss. “I’ve always pretty much been an everyday player coming up through the minor leagues.
“It was something I had to adjust to. At the same time, there’s definitely a position for those guys on every team in the major leagues. You have to have bench guys that can step up and fill the void whenever their name is called. I took that challenge this year.”
Krauss’ role has included pinch pinching. The left-handed batter leads the club in pinch hits, going 4-for-13 with a .308 average.
In 125 at-bats with the Astros this season, the 6-2, 235-pound Krauss has four home runs and 13 RBIs for a .216 average. But in his last 10 games Krauss is hitting .303, going 10-for-33.
Even though Krauss doesn’t have a lot of speed, he has shown he can drive the ball, especially when he gets a ball down over the plate.
“Krauss has done a good job,” said Astros manager Bo Porter. “He’s had some really good at-bats. He’s good off the bench. He’s a guy that’s very into the game, nothing surprises him.
“He can play both corner outfield positions and he’s done a good job in a limited role.”
Recalled from Triple A Oklahoma City on Sept. 4, Krauss is in his second stint with the Astros this season. In 78 games and 253 at-bats at Oklahoma City this year Krauss had 10 home runs and 39 RBIs.
Krauss was obtained by the Astros from Arizona, along with outfielder Bobby Borchering, in exchange for third baseman Chris Johnson on July 29, 2012.