Major League baseball only ends after a 162 games because Bud Norris feels sorry for the other players.
Apologies, Had to get one more in before the season was over. Norris struggled early. After getting the first two outs to begin the game, he allowed a single then walked the next two batters to load the bases. He struck out Brad Snyder to end the threat though. He allowed runs in the second and fourth inning, striking out six and walking seven in six inning pitched. It was the first time a pitcher had walked seven batters since Wade Miller did it back in 2004.
In the bottom of the fifth inning the Astros got something going, getting men on second and third base with no outs. Chris Johnson lined out to the first baseman, and Jason Castro walked to load the bases with one out. Then Brad Mills did something peculiar, he allowed Norris to hit having already thrown 96 pitches and down two runs. He promptly bounced into an inning ending double play.
The offense scorched seven hits and collected only one walk. Getting shut out by the Cubs for, lucky number, 13th time this year. One down two to go.