It was ugly; it lasted over three hours; none of the stars played, and it wasn't even televised. What has two thumbs and doesn't care about all of that mess, because ASTROS BASEBALL IS FINALLY BACK?!?! This guy (James points to himself). Yes, a lot went wrong in the Astros' first Spring Training Game of the 2017 season, but if you care about spring training scores, I've got a couple bridges I'd like to sell you. More important than any score or stat line in an ST game is, how did the individual players look? Let's assess:
Tony Kemp: He looked good! Tony notched a single in the third inning and facilitated a nifty double play in the Tigers' half of the second.
Edison Frias: He looked bad... He looked so bad that we dedicated an entirely separate article to his performance. Best not to relive it here.
Kevin Chapman: Again, it's only the first game of spring training, but if K-Chap wants to be the second lefty out of the bullpen (one of the few roster spots even up for grabs) he's going to have to bring a bit more to the table than 4 hits, 4 runs (2 earned), and 1 walk over two-thirds of an inning.
Alex Presley: Former Astro alert! Mr. Presley was able to turn a deep single during the Chapman inning into a little league home run, thanks to some "adventurous" fielding by Astros' prospect and defensive replacement, Ramon Laureano.
Brad Peacock traded zeroes with Justin Verlander for the first two innings of this game. I just wanted to type that sentence out, since I doubt I'll ever get the chance to do it again.
The Astros square off against the Braves tomorrow at 12:05 PM Central. You can listen on the radio or on the MLB At Bat app. The Astros get their first televised ST game on Monday when they face the Mets at 12:10 PM Central (New York feed only). ROOT SPORTS will carry Tuesday's Astros vs. Nats game.