Thursday, March 20, 2014

2014 Grapefruit League Recap, Game 19

Houston Astros 2, Washington Nationals 0

2014 Grapefruit League record: 8-11

W- Jarred Cosart (2-1)
L- Taylor Jordan (1-2)
S- Josh Zeid (1)

Astros home runs: Jesús Guzmán (1, solo in 8th)

What a dominating performance from Astros pitching. The 4 pitchers combined to hold the Nats to 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 15.

Starting Pitcher: Jarred Cosart

Oh my. Cosart absolutely mowed down the Nationals for 5 innings. That curve to strike out Jayson Werth.... good Lord.



Final line: W (2-1), 5 IP, 9 K

Bullpen

3 relievers put the finishing touches on a shutout.

First up was Raúl Valdés, who came on in the 6th. He allowed a pair of singles and issued the only walk, which resulted in a bases-loaded situation, but he emerged from the inning unscathed when he got Ryan Zimmerman to fly out for the 3rd out.

Mike Foltynewicz tossed 2 scoreless, allowing 2 hits and striking out 4, as he continues to make a strong impression on the big league coaches. And finally, Josh Zeid closed the door, giving up a hit and striking out 2 in the 9th.

Offense

Well, in a game where the pitchers were absolutely filthy, 2 runs turned out to be enough.

Jason Castro opened the scoring in the 1st with an RBI groundout....




...and Jesús Guzmán went the other way to send one out in the 8th.




Marc Krauss had a multi-walk game; in fact, he drew both of the Astros' walks. This game wasn't without a tinge of bad news, though, as Carlos Correa was plunked on the left hand by Tyler Clippard in the 8th inning.





Three Stars

3.


Jesús Guzmán, 1B/OF
Solo HR (1) in 8th


2.


Mike Foltynewicz, RHP
2 IP, 2 H, 4 K


1.


Jarred Cosart, RHP
W (2-1), 5 IP, 9 K


Next Up

The Astros will welcome a split Phillies squad to Osceola County Stadium, as Lucas Harrell will face Jeff Manship. First pitch is at 1:05 Eastern.

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