Saturday's Spring Training game was much like a game from the 2014 season. Chris Carter hit a home run and the bullpen gave up the lead late.Thankfully this is Spring Training, and in the words of the great basketball prophet Allen Iverson - "We talkin' about practice." This is the time to work out the kinks, especially the kind of kinks that include blown saves in the ninth.
George Springer got the party started in Tampa with a triple in the first. Chris Carter followed with the aforementioned home run to put the Astros up 2-0. With that the Astros offense closed up shop for the day.
Dallas Keuchel took the mound for the Astros, he would hold the Yankees scoreless for 4.1 innings - scattering four hits, striking out three, and walking none. Darin Downs relieved Keuchel in the fifth. He would wipe away a Didi Gregorius single with a 5-4-3 double play off the bat of Austin Romine. Mark Appel appeal pitched three scoreless innings, holding the Yankees hitless while striking out two and walking one.
Will Harris pitched the ninth for the Astros. He would allow back-to-back singles to Nick Noonan and Aaron Judge to open the inning. Two on and no out, Harris struck out Francisco Arcia. Eddy Rodriguez tied the game with a double, and moved to third on a throwing error by Andrew Aplin. Jake Cave's sac fly resulted in a win for the Yanks.
The Astros are back on Root Sports on Sunday against the Pirates at 12:05 PM CT.