Astros have had highlights in 2013

Astros have had highlights in 2013
July 18, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Brandon Barnes has become the Astros' everyday center fielder.

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As the Astros prepare for their final 68 games of the 2013 season, it’s time to reflect on what the team accomplished before the All-Star break. Here are some of the Astros’ highlights of the season.

  • Astros went 6-0 on a May 29-June 3 road trip at Colorado (2-0) and Anaheim (4-0).
  • Astros had a 12-8 record from May 15-June 5.
  • In his major league debut on July 12, 23-year-old Jarred Cosart had a no-hitter for 6 1/3 innings at Tampa Bay. He allowed only two hits in eight-plus scoreless innings in earning the win vs. the Rays.
  • Carlos Pena’s three-run walk-off home run in the 10th inning gave the Astros a 7-4 win over Milwaukee on June 20.
  • Selecting RHP Mark Appel of Stanford with the first overall pick of the 2013 baseball draft on June 6.
  •  Catcher Jason Castro being named a reserve for the American League team in the All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York.
  • Castro named the American League player of the week for the period ending May 26. In six games, Castro hit 11-for-19 (.579) with three home runs, five RBIs and five runs. Castro is the first Astro to win a player of the week honor since outfielder Hunter Pence in 2010 when the team was in the National League.
  • The Astros hit six home runs in an 11-7 win over Baltimore at Minute Maid Park on June 5. Going deep for the Astros were Castro, Pena, J.D. Martinez, Jose Altuve, Matt Dominguez and Marwin Gonzalez.
  • Dominguez and Castro hit two home runs each (all solo) in an 11-5 home loss to Oakland on May 25. They become the first Astros teammates to homer twice in the same game since July 25, 2005 when Craig Biggio and Lance Berkman each hit two.
  • Dominguez homers twice off Yu Darvish in an 8-7 loss to the Rangers at Minute Maid Park on May 11. It’s Dominguez’s first two homers of the season.
  • The play of Brandon Barnes in center field. Barnes has been providing highlights all season.
  • Brett Wallace showing that he has the ability to be an everyday player in the major leagues. Since being recalled from Triple A Oklahoma City on June 25, Wallace has had a multi-home run game July 4 vs. the Rays and a career-high four-hit game at St. Louis on July 10.
  • In beating the Rays 4-1 on July 3, right-hander Bud Norris allowed only one run in seven innings, lowering his home career ERA to 3.27, third-lowest ever at Minute Maid Park.
  • Signing second baseman Altuve to a long-term contract extension, making him the face of the franchise.