"Well you're not going to win'em all kid", especially in Spring Training. The Astros dropped their second game of Spring Training to the Cardinals, 5-2. The Cardinals' damage was done in the sixth inning. St. Louis was able to put four runs on the board against Alex White. The former first-round pick in 2009 draft struggled, recording only one out in the inning while giving up three hits and walking two before being pulled. The Astros were unable to string together their seven hits in to any meaningful offensive effort, but there were still a few bright spots.
Brett Oberholtzer allowed one unearned run over two innings, on four hits. A Matt Dominguez fielding error lead to Cardinals catcher Carson Kelly reaching first and later scoring on Matt Carpenter fielder's choice.
The "other guy" the Astros got in the Evan Gattis deal, James Hoyt, pitched a scoreless third inning. Samuel Deduno threw 11 pitches, all strikes, in two innings of work. He allowed just one hit, and struck out two. Will Harris took over for Alex White in the sixth with two runners on and one out. He stranded said runners, and pitched a scoreless seventh inning. Kevin Chapman rounded out the pitching staff's day with a scoreless eighth inning.
On the offensive side, Evan Gattis lead the way with a double in the seventh. Gattis' pinch runner Joe Sclafani moved to third on a Colin Moran single in his first at-bat of Spring Training. Sclafani scored on a Domingo Santana ground out to third. Carlos Correa ripped a single in his first at-bat of Spring Training, scoring Moran from second. It's the type of series of events that I hope to see many times in the future.
- A day after Luis Valbuena hit a solo home run, Matt Dominguez went 0-for-2 with an error.
- Alex White, who still has minor league options available, struggled today - giving up 4 earned runs on three hits and two walks.
- Carlos Correa and Colan Moran were 1-for-2 in their first Spring Training action. Moran scored a run and Correa picked up an RBI.