March 12, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Kyle Weiland (56) throws a pitch in the first inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
I forgot to mention Jonathan Singleton collecting a hit in his only bat in the offensive section so I'll add it here. You'll see why I forgot to mention him below due to the offensive goodness from the Astros tonight. They reached base 14 times tonight, the downside to that number is that 12 of those were only to first base, but I guess beggars can't be choosers.
Jason Castro was easily the offensive player of the game with a 3-3 night and a run driven in. Next would probably be Brett Wallace who final started hitting going 2-3 with a run batted in as well. Jordan Schafer and Angel Sanchez took the only two walks in the game, which is a good sign for both. Two TCB favorites Fernando Martinez and Jimmy Paredes each had a hit and run scored.
Finally, George Spring entered the game for Schafer in the bottom of the seventh inning as a defensive replacement. He got to bat in the ninth and contributed to both runs scored in that inning. First, Springer doubled in Brian Bixler to put the Astros up 3-2 then with Scott Moore batting Springer stole third base and scored on a ground out to first base by Moore. With the Yankees scoring a run in the bottom half of that inning that steal and score was key to getting the Astros win tonight.
Needless to say there were a lot of positives from the offense on singles night in Tampa Bay.
Kyle Weiland started the game and threw four innings of no-hit ball. Allowing only one walk while striking out one. Both Brett Myers and Brandon Lyon would follow an inning each allowing a run to score to tie the game in each inning they pitched. Arcenio Leon followed those two with a perfect seventh inning. Fernando Rodriguez walked two and struck out two in a no-hit eighth inning. Finally, Jorge De Leon allowed on run to score on two hits, but eventually closed out the game with three swinging strikes for the save.
Another error free game for the Astros. It sounded like both Jimmy Paredes and George Springer made nice plays in the field.
12:05 p.m. CST vs Philadelphia Phillies. Radio: KBME 790.