The Astros finally played some baseball in Texas this weekend with a pair of games in Houston and San Antonio. Here's our roundup of all the happenings from all four games this weekend.
Things went well in the first game in San Antonio. Ryan has you covered with the recap, which features video of Chris Carter's three-run home run. It was Carter's third bomb of the spring. George Springer added a run on a pair of hits while both Jerome Williams and Brad Peacock pitched well for Houston.
Ryan had you covered on recaps on Saturday, too, combining both of Houston's victories into one post.
The Rangers game wasn't close on Saturday, either. Houston won 13-6, blowing up Joe Saunders in the process. George Springer went 3-for-3 with a home run and a steal (plus a defensive miscue) and the prospects got plenty of run. Austin Wates also went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored while Dallas Keuchel pitched okay, striking out five while giving up six hits, five runs and one walk in 4 1/3 innings of work.
He was relieved by Nick Tropeano, Mike Foltynewicz and Ross Seaton, who combined to give up just one run over the next 4 2/3 innings while allowing five hits and two walks. Folty struck out two in 2 2/3 innings of work.
Meanwhile, in the late game, Dexter Fowler hit a home run and Japhet Amador pinch-ran. You have to go to the recap to get the full story.
This post is pretty much a collection of all Ryan's content from the weekend as he was on fire. He recapped the news that the CSN Houston stuff (these are all technical terms) will be mediated by Judge Lynn Hughes here. This may be a good sign for Astros fans wanting to see the team this season, but no promises. Nothing leaked out of the sides meeting on Friday.
He was also on top of Houston trading reliever Eric Berger to the Athletics for a player to be named, as long as his name isn't Michael Taylor. This made me sad, as now we won't get to see Berger's epic facial hair in the majors any time soon. But, who knows what the PTBNL will be? Max Stassi again?
Perry brought you an article on who the spring's biggest surprise was. I won't spoil the...surprise...by telling you who he named, so go check it out instead.
Oh and the Astros Prospect Squad beat Veracruz 6-1 as Mark Appel made just his second appearance of the spring. It could have been better, as he could have slapped his glove a few times or looked like he was angry, but in the end, he did fine. In three innings of work, Appel gave up two hits and struck out three while walking none. His fastball sat around 95 mph and he generally looked great on the MMP mound.