Johnson continues catch-up success
Express call-up has another 4-hit game as Astros win
MILWAUKEE — Chris Johnson starred during spring training before his fast start was derailed by an early-season injury.
Now, he appears to be back from the minor leagues for good.
Johnson had his second four-hit game in five tries and led the Houston Astros to a 51 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.
“To watch C.J. put up with some of the stuff he’s had to, and not gotten upset, he came up here and took advantage of the opportunity,” said Geoff Blum, who went 2 for 2 with two walks and three runs scored. “It’s fun to watch.”
Johnson led the Grapefruit League with eight home runs and 22 RBIs, and made the Astros out of spring training. He strained a right intercostal muscle and was placed on the disabled list on April 20. He was sent to Triple-A Round Rock when he recovered in starred in spring training, then got injured. May.
He batted .329 with 10 doubles, eight home runs and 33 RBIs in 38 games at Round Rock, and was recalled by the Astros on June 22.
Since then, he has gone 12 for 29 (.414) with three doubles and six RBIs in seven starts at third base.
“I try and do the same thing I did there (in Triple A),” he said. “That’s what got me here. I’m trying to stay within myself and take whatever the pitcher gives me. It’s working out.”
The Astros got a strong start from Wandy Rodriguez, who gave up only one run in seven innings and executed a perfect suicide squeeze bunt to snap a tie in the sixth inning.
Rodriguez (5-10) won his second consecutive start after a stretch in which he lost six of seven. The left-hander held the Brewers to 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position, giving up one run and seven hits. He struck out six and issued one intentional walk.
“He got into key situations where he really beared down and made some good pitches,” Astros catcher Jason Castro said.
The Astros (31-48) have won nine consecutive games on Wednesdays, improving their overall record on that day to 10-3.