Lee swats 2 home runs as Astros clobber Cubs
HOUSTON — It’s certainly too soon to know how much hitting coach Jeff Bagwell can help improve the Houston Astros offense.
He already appears to be having an affect on Carlos Lee.
Lee hit two home runs, including the go-ahead homer in the sixth inning, and the Astros went on to an 8-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.
“I had a good day,” Lee said. “Me and (Bagwell) were talking about taking a two-strike approach, spread out a little and see what happens, and it was successful.”
Bagwell, the former Houston All-Star, was named hitting coach July 11. Lee is hitting .239 this season with 14 home runs and 52 RBIs. This was his first multihomer game in almost three years.
The game was tied at 1 before Lee connected for his 13th homer of the year, a two-run shot to left field. His second one, also to left field, scored Lance Berkman and pushed the lead to 5-1 in the seventh.
Astros starter Bud Norris (3-7) allowed four hits, an unearned run and struck out seven in six innings.
“Bud didn’t let those innings get away from him,” manager Brad Mills said. “In the first inning, he was able to stop it at one run. That’s one thing that’s been a struggle.”