Friday, March 14, 2014

2014 Grapefruit League Recap, Game 13

Houston Astros 7, Toronto Blue Jays 5

2014 Grapefruit League record: 7-6

W- Dallas Keuchel (2-0)
L- Esmil Rogers (0-1)
S- Chia-Jen Lo (2)

Astros home runs: Carlos Correa (2; 2 spring, solo in 3rd, 2-run in 8th), Jon Singleton (1, solo in 3rd)

4 straight wins. A couple of young guns showed off their arsenal in this one. The Astros fandom, me included, goes bonkers in the process. As Bill Raftery would say, "Onions!"

Starting Pitcher: Dallas Keuchel

Keuchel continued his fine spring with 4 scoreless and got his fill of groundball outs. He has yet to allow a run in Grapefruit League play.

Final line: W (2-0), 4 IP, 6 H, 2 K

Bullpen

Collin McHugh got knocked around in the 5th as he surrendered 3 runs to the Jays. He got 2 quick outs in the 6th, but was unable to get that 3rd out, so he made way for...

...Josh Zeid, who inherited 2 runners, but got out of the inning. Things got a little testy between him and Kevin Pillar in the 7th after he plunked Pillar. He got 2 outs in the 7th.

Kevin Chapman came on and got the last out of the 7th, then pitched a scoreless 8th, and got the first out of the 9th.

Chia-Jen Lo got his 2nd save of the spring by getting the final 2 outs of the game, although he did allow a run.

Offense

César Izturis put the Astros on the board first with a 2-run single in the 2nd.

Carlos Correa and Jon Singleton hit back-to-back solo shots in the 3rd to make it a 4-0 game.



Robbie Grossman added a sac fly in the 6th, and finally...

2012's #1 hit a 2-run homer in the 8th for the Astros' final runs.



Correa played all 9 innings and those 2 home runs constituted his 2 hits on the day. Izturis joined him in the 2-hit club for the day. Singleton drew a pair of walks to complement his homer.

Wanting in on this action, Nolan Fontana hit a triple in the 9th, and George Springer was 1-2 and scored twice.

Three Stars

3.


Jon Singleton, 1B
1-3, solo HR (1) in 3rd


2.


Dallas Keuchel, LHP
W (2-0), 4 IP, 6 H, 2 K


1.


Carlos Correa, SS
2-5, 2 HR (2), 3 RBI, 2 R


Next Up

The Astros will host the Cardinals in a game that will be broadcast to the 40% that have CSN Houston. It'll be matchup of Houston-area kids on the mound, as Clear Creek's Jarred Cosart will take on Klein Oak alum and former Aggie Michael Wacha. First pitche will be at 1:05 Eastern.

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