--SS Clint Barmes went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run while playing all nine innings at shortstop Wednesday in a rehab appearance for Class AA Corpus Christi. Barmes likely will play one more minor league game and then return as early as Friday to the major league club, which would mark five weeks to the day since he broke his left hand in a spring training game against the Yankees.
--2B Bill Hall was out of the lineup one day after delivering the game-winning hit against the Cardinals, as his 1-for-15 lifetime resume against Cardinals RHP Kyle Lohse gave Astros manager Brad Mills the idea to get INF Joe Inglett a start. "He's fine; there's no problem at all," Mills said of Hall. "We needed to get Joe some starts and get him some at-bats, and today was a good day with the history that Lohse has had against Billy."
--LF Carlos Lee said he was not in "a good position to hit" as he came into Wednesday's game, which he finished at .198 and riding an 0-for-15 slump. Lee came out and took early batting practice, which for at least one day was to no avail. "In this game, you can't control the results, but if you get yourself in a good position to hit, it's going to be a lot better," Lee said.
--RF Hunter Pence struck out to end the game and made a very similar statement to the one he made when he struck out at a key juncture of the home-opening loss to Florida. "The guys really gave me a great opportunity to get a big hit," Pence said. "I wasn't able to finish it off for them and pick them up. They got me, and I have to find a way to get better for it."
--1B Brett Wallace went 3-for-4 in the Astros' loss to the Cardinals, improving his average to .367 with seven doubles on the season. Wallace, who just misses the rookie cutoff mark, is 16-for-29 (.552) since April 19 and has six multi-hit games in his last nine.
BY THE NUMBERS
.571 -- 1B Brett Wallace's career batting average (12-for-21) against the Cardinals, the team that drafted him in 2008 and sent him to Oakland in the first of Wallace's three trades in two years.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"They were all important, there's no doubt. Any time you lose by a run, they're all important." -- Manager Brad Mills, on what seemed like four meaningless runs put up by the Cardinals in the seventh inning of what would be a 6-5 Houston loss when the Astros rallied for five late.
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