Sunday, March 16, 2014

2014 Grapefruit League Recap, Game 15

Detroit Tigers 14, Houston Astros 3

2014 Grapefruit League record: 7-8

W- Max Scherzer (3-1)
L- Lucas Harrell (1-2)

Astros home runs: Robbie Grossman (1, solo in 5th)

Ugh. I will still fulfill my obligation of recapping this game, though.

Starting Pitcher: Lucas Harrell

Well, at least he didn't walk anyone.

Final line: 1.2 IP, 12 H (2-R homer), 10 R (9 earned)

Bullpen

Jonas Dufek, summoned from Minor League camp, was the first man out of the pen for Houston, and he turned in a fine performance against some of the Tigers' biggest bats. That's some first impression right there. (See Tweet of the Day.) What he didn't mention in his tweet was that he also struck out Victor Martinez, who's no slouch with the bat, either.

Jonas Dufek has really taken off since his move to the bullpen, and he's looking to build upon his fine 2013 season and possibly put himself in consideration to be a callup at some point this year.

Chad Qualls gave up a solo homer to Ian Kinsler in the 4th. Matt Albers allowed a hit and walked 1 in a scoreless 5th. Peter Moylan opened the 6th with 2 straight walks and saw both of those runners score on an RBI single and a sac fly.

Josh Zeid pitched the final 2 innings, and the only hit he allowed was a solo homer to Tyler Collins to lead off the 7th. He walked 2 in the 8th and struck out 4 (2 in each inning). So, other than getting dinged to start his outing, Zeid was excellent during his time on the mound.

Offense

The Astros got single tallies in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings. Robbie Grossman was 2-3 with a solo homer off Max Scherzer in the 4th.

After Marc Krauss tripled to lead off the 2nd, he came home on a Jesús Guzmán single. Jonathan Villar hit a triple to begin the 3rd and scored on a Dexter Fowler groundout.

Andrew Aplin came on as a pinch-runner for Carlos Corporán in the 7th inning.

Three Stars

3.


Josh Zeid, RHP
2 IP, H (solo HR), ER, 2 BB, 4 K


2.


Robbie Grossman, OF
2-3, solo HR (1) in 5th



1.


Jonas Dufek, RHP
1.1 IP, H, K



Next Up

Brad Peacock will take on the organization that originally drafted him, as a split squad from the Nationals roll into Kissimmee. He'll be taking on Gio Gonzalez at 1:05 Eastern.

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