HOUSTON -- Astros starter Bud Norris is appealing a base hit ruling from the White Sox four-run sixth inning, he said Tuesday. He hopes the play will be ruled an error, instead.
With two outs and runners on first and second, Chicago's Conor Gillaspie poked a grounder to second baseman Jose Altuve, but pulled first baseman Carlos Pena off the bag. Norris ran over to cover, but he couldn't snag the ball thrown slightly behind him.
"I missed the play," Norris lamented. "It's my error and it hurt and affected the outcome of the game. If I make that play, we don't give up the runs. I just want an accurate scoring of the game."
But changing the play from a hit to an error would also make the three runs Norris subsequently allowed become unearned instead of earned. It would lower his ERA from 3.64 to 3.34.
Norris said that's not part of his motivation for trying to get the ruling altered.
"Obviously, the game's already been played so you're not changing the outcome," he said. "I just think it could have been called differently."
Norris said he's appealed "several" calls over the last three years, winning a few of them.
"It's out of my hands now," the righty said. "I'm entitled to the review as a player and that's why we have a Player's Union. It's not a big deal, not the end of the world, but I felt it should be looked at for the sake of getting it right."
Chris Abshire is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.