Monday, March 17, 2014

2014 Grapefruit League Recap, Game 16

Washington Nationals 4, Houston Astros 3

2014 Grapefruit League record: 7-9

W- Gio Gonzalez (1-1)
L- Scott Feldman (0-1)
S- Manny Delcarmen (2)

Astros home runs: None.

After getting run out of Lakeland, the Astros returned back to their home base in Kissimmee to take on the Nats.

Starting Pitcher: Scott Feldman

The Opening Day starter got taken deep twice by Steven Souza in the 2nd and the 4th. He also pitched the 5th, but was lifted after allowing a leadoff single. A run ended up being charged to him. Feldman didn't walk anyone, and got his usual quota of groundouts (7 groundouts, no flyouts) in 4 innings of work.

Final line: L (0-1), 4 IP, 8 H (2 solo HR), 3 ER (1 inherited), 5 K

Bullpen

Jorge De Leon came on to relieve Feldman and got 2 quick strikeouts. That final out proved to be a little more elusive (isn't it always) than he would've liked. De Leon allowed a single, then uncorked a wild pitch to allow the runners to advance. He then walked Souza to load the bases, and Brian Goodwin made him pay (well, he also made Feldman pay too) by spraying an RBI single to score a run.

Brad Peacock pitched the final 4 innings and got dinged in the 7th by an RBI triple hit by... Steven Souza. Other than that, he was excellent in those 4 frames, striking out 4.

Offense

8 players had 1 hit apiece.

L.J. Hoes put the Astros on the board (down 3-1) in the 5th with an RBI single. They got a pair of RBI doubles from Jose Altuve in the 7th and Jon Singleton in the 8th. Unfortunately, the Astros couldn't get the breakthrough as Carlos Correa struck out with the tying run on 2nd to end the game.

On a more somber note: These strikeouts (1 BB, 9 Ks yesterday). Yuck. If they threaten their own record for strikeouts again this season, we could be in for some sad times.

Three Stars

3.


Jon Singleton, 1B
RBI double in 8th



2.



Jorge De Leon, RHP
IP, 2 H, inherited runner scored, BB, 2 K



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Brad Peacock, RHP
4 IP, 2 H, ER, 4 K


Next Up

Brett Oberholtzer will face off against Alex Wood as the Astros welcome the Braves to Osceola County Stadium. First pitch will be at 1:05 Eastern.

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