Astros Win Spring Training Opener 3 - 1 Over Nationals

Mar. 3, 2012; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Houston Astros manager Brad Mills against the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

This game was only available on radio so we won't be digging to deep into the actual game, but I did want to highlight some of the positives from the boxscore. Obviously this is an extremely small sample size of a game that doesn't count so avoid drawing any conclusions on the outcome. It is nice to get a win though, especially considering it seems like, in the past, it takes the Astros some time to get a win even in Spring Training.

Offense

Chris Johnson clearly had the best game smacking a two-run homerun in the 4th inning with Jack Cust on, who had reached via a one out walk. Cust would finish the day as the designated hitter (DH) -- something they'll do until the middle of the month -- 0-2 with a walk, strikeout and run scored. Johnson was 1-3 with that homerun and a strikeout.

Other notable offensive contributions were: Jed Lowrie who was 1-2 for with a triple and a walk, Jason Bourgeois who was 1-2 with a, surprise surprise, stolen base, George Springer who in his only at bat walked on four pitches and J.B. Shuck who was also 1-2 with a walk. Overall the team had five hits and four walks.

Defense

Since it was on radio it was hard to gauge how well the defense played, but Jason Castro did throw out, Sean's favorite player, Jason Micheals in the second inning.

Pitching

Fernando Abad and Wilton Lopez each had scoreless innings, with Lopez picking up the save. Livan Hernadez was followed by Kyle Weiland who picked up the win; each through two scoreless innings. Brett Myers followed Weiland and allowed the Nationals only run in one inning on back to back doubles. Abad, Brandon Lyon, Wesley Wright and Lopez would finish off the game. The best thing overall, an Easter egg in the walk column for the entire pitching staff.

Tomorrow

The Astros play the Washington Nationals again at 12:05 p.m. CST. The game will be available on MLB.TV, MLB Network on delay at 3 p.m. CST and on the radio KTRH 740.

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