Sure, George Springer homered and scored three runs. Jose Altuve was two for two with a run and an RBI. And Ryan Pressly opened on the mound with a perfect first inning. But the real firepower in this 2020 preseason romp came from the Astros’ future.
In what may be the last game of the season for some of these future Astros, they decided to make a statement.
For example, Alex De Goti, last year’s shortstop at AAA Round Rock, broke the game open in the fifth with a three run homer.
In the seventh, the Astros’ heir apparent at first base, Taylor Jones, launched a solo homer to straight away center. This was followed by a bomb by the best Cinderella story in the Astros’ organization, Nick Tanielu.
In the eighth the young utility infielder, Aledmys Diaz, singled in rookies Abraham Toro and “super” Jack Mayfield, who homered yesterday.
In the ninth it was Toro’s turn for ribbies, His double scored perhaps the brightest star in the Astros future, Kyle Tucker, who had just doubled in front Toro. And to top off the Astros’ scoring, Diaz homered home Toro.
But probably the most impressive performance of the day was by pitcher Enoli Paredes, the 24 year old Dominican who finished last season in AA. He pitched two scoreless innings with five strikeouts. He showed remarkable poise in the sixth inning, allowing a lead off single, followed by a perfect bunt single. Paredes induced a pop out and got another strikeout, but then he walked the bases loaded.
The youngster ended the threat by striking out the former Astros prospect Brett Phillips.
Unfortunately, Jose Altuve suffered a potential injury in the fourth when he collided with the Royals catcher on a sacrifice fly. He walked off the field, but initial reports claimed he had a contusion.
Hopefully, Jose will be ready for the opening game Friday at Minute Maid Park.
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