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Astros Cut Defecit In Half Lose 5 - 2 To Blue Jays

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March 08, 2012; Melbourne, FL, USA;   Houston Astros third baseman Chris Johnson (23) dives for a ground ball during the spring training game against the Washington Nationals  at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE
March 08, 2012; Melbourne, FL, USA; Houston Astros third baseman Chris Johnson (23) dives for a ground ball during the spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE

All this game proves is that there is still work to be done and that you can't take away those four wins no matter how many the Astros lose in a row.

Offense

The most disheartening thing about the last few games has been the reversal of taking walks. When this team is walking they're winnings. Only one walk was received this afternoon and that belonged to Jack Cust who has yet to register a hit this Spring. The Astros did have eight hits but all came via eight different players. J.D. Martinez, Matt Downs and Chris Snyder continued they're good springs with hits each. Also worth noting is that George Springer and Jonathan Singelton both registered hits and runs in their lone at bats. '

Pitching

Better, but still not stellar and just as well when Jose Bautista is in the house. Bautista wrecked the pitching staff for two hits, two runs and three runs batted in; those two hits, homeruns. Only two pitchers were used in this game with Zach Duke and Jordan Lyles going four innings a piece, each giving up a homerun to Bautista. Duke allowed three runs on six hits, one walk and two strikeouts. Along with Bautista he also allowed a solo homeurn to Travis Snider. Lyles had a similar day to Duke allowing two less hits and one less run.

Defense

Set the error clock back to 0 games. Marwin Gonzalez had an error fielding in the second inning. Worth noting, that Brett Wallace was the starter at third base and was error-less. In one inning I recall the announcer saying he had a nice snag on a line drive.

Sunday

12:05 p.m. CST vs Detroit Tigers. Radio: KTRH 740.