Tonight's game was against a lefty, and you know what that means: No
The notched three runs against starter Zach Duke, but it wasn't enough, as got pounded for five in four and two-thirds innings, striking out six and walking three. Norris is one of the most inconsistent pitchers I've seen in that his velocity, command, and movement all seem to fluctuate significantly from start to start. That said, despite the results, I didn't think this was a terrible start for him; his fastball velocity was solid, and his command was better than it has been in most of the starts where he's gotten blown up. Credit the Pirates with good hitting (queue snarky follow-up statement).
and each put together two-hit games, with both of them using the whole field in their at bats. Johnson hit the ball hard both times, and his swing is sweet when he's locked in. He would be a scary hitter if he were better at recognizing breaking balls.
won the battle of the rookie third basemen tonight, though, hitting the three-run homer which turned Bud's start bad, and singling against the bullpen later in the game. Despite striking out twice, he has to be the player of the game, and when the other team takes that honor, it's probably an Astros loss. So things went tonight, despite a late-game comeback attempt by , who hit his third career double and notched his third career RBI to no avail.
Tomorrow, will try to take the series from the Pirates against fellow lefty (which probably means no Wallace--again). I suspect most will be watching an epic in another sport, though, as the Houston Texans shoot for their first 3-0 start and the Dallas Cowboys try to avoid the opposite result at their hands.