A day after an Astros split squad team scored 14 runs in one game, Houston scored only one run. That was enough for the Astros pitching staff on Monday.
Collin McHugh made his second start of Spring Training, he scattered three hits while striking out three over three innings of scoreless work. The only threat of offense from the Jays was Jose Reyes leading off the game with a double. McHugh retired the next three batters in order including Russell Martin and Justin Smoak to end the inning. Roberto Hernandez made his Astros debut in the fourth. Hernandez worked himself into a jam by loading the bases with two outs with a hit-by-pitch and two walks to Reyes and Martin. But the artist formerly known as Fausto Carmona (promise it's the last time I use it. Have to work the bad habits out in Spring Training) prevented any runs from scoring a with a groundout by Chris Dickerson.
Asher Wojciechowski pitched three scoreless inning of his own - 3 IP, 2 H, 3 SO. Wojo has now pitched in five innings this Spring Training, allowing just five hits and one walk. Will Harris closed out the ninth with an uneventful inning - three up, three down. Harris has pitched in 2.2 innings of work in Spring, giving up 2 hits, zero walks, and zero runs. Of course all of these stats can be taken with a grain of salt, it is Spring Training after all. Still, it's good start all around and that's the least you could ask.
As for the offense, Robbie Grossman continued his hot streak leading off the game with a single. He would end up being 1-for-2 with a walk on the day. Chris Carter picked up two more walks yesterday to push his total to four in nine at-bats. Jon Singleton went 2-for-3 with a double - his fourth of Spring Training. Jake Marisnick drove home the Astros' lone run with single to score L.J. Hoes who had pinch run for Evan Gattis.
On the flipside, Hank Conger left six runners on base during his 0-for-3 day. Jonathan Villar was 0-for--2 with two strikeouts. Carlos Correa was 0-for-2 for the day subbing in Gregorio Petit.
Astros took home the 1-0 victory, they now play Cardinals at home in Kissimmee in FL.