It was a long weekend in Kissimmee for the Astros, time to catch up.
March 12 - Astros 4, Tigers 3:
The Astros and Tigers went into the tenth inning tied 3-3. After a two singles and wild pitch, Gregorio Petit ended the game with a single to right field for the winning run. The 2014 AL batting champion, Jose Altuve, lead the way for the Astros offense with three hits and an RBI. Jake Marisnick went 2-for-2 with 2 runs scored.
Dan Straily started the game for the Astros, he gave up one run over 3 innings on three hits. Joe Thatcher pitched 1.1 scoreless innings while striking out three. Alex White struggled in his 1.2 innings of work, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks.
March 13 - Astros 6, Nationals 6:
The #SpringerDinger has returned. George Springer hits 2 home runs on consecutive pitches on Friday. The first home run was of Nationals' starter Doug Fister. Luis Valbuena went 2-for-3 with a walk (Valbuena is 10-for-19 this spring). That noise you hear is Matt Dominguez slowly moving to the bench. The Astros racked up 14 hits in the game and left 25 runners on base.
Scott Feldman toed the rubber for the Astros to start the game, he completed two scoreless innings to start the game. The wheels fell off in the third with two outs already recorded. Feldman allowed two runner to reach base, then a double from Bryce Harper scored two two runs. Ryan Zimmerman singled home Harper for a third run. In total, Feldman gave up 4 hits and a walk. Roberto Hernandez was the next pitcher out of the pen, it was a similar series of events. Hernandez pitched two scoreless innings to open his outing, but gave up two runs in his third inning of work. Hernandez gave up five hits and a walk in three innings of work. Darin Downs and Jake Buchanan each pitched a scoreless innings. Josh Fields gave up a solo home run to Ian Stewart in his one inning.
March 14 - Astros 5, Braves 6:
Collin McHugh struggled for the first time this spring, giving up 5 runs over 2.1 innings. Andrelton Simmons and Christian Bethancourt drove in all five runs over the first and third innings. McHugh gave up six hits and walked one in his outing. Chad Qualls, Luke Gregerson, Michael Feliz, and Kevin Chapman pitched a scoreless in relief. Simmons added another run to the Braves total with a home run off Tony Sipp.
Robbie Grossman continued his hot spring, going 2-for-3 with a walk. Colby Rasmus and Brett Phillips each added a solo home run for the Astros offensive effort.
March 15 - Astros 3, Nationals 2:
Asher Wojciechowski matched Max Scherzer stride for stride through four innings. Both pitchers recorded four scoreless innings. Pat Neshek gave up a solo home run to Dan Uggla in his one inning of work. Joe Thatcher and Brady Rodgers followed up with a clean inning each. Will Harris allowed one run in two innings of work. The one run was the result of a leadoff triple in the ninth by Derrick Robinson, and Steven Lerud recorded an RBI with a ground out.
All three of the Astros runs were scored in the fifth off Heath Bell. After retiring Marwin Gonzalez and Hank Conger, Bell walked Andrew Aplin. Jake Marisnick drove in a run with a triple, he would later score on a Jose Altuve double. George Springer was thrown out trying to stretch his single into a double, but the effort scored the Astros' third run.