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Astros Bats Quiet in 8-3 Loss to Mets

In early Spring action Bregman and Alvarez go 0-6.

MLB: Houston Astros at New York Mets Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Astros managed three runs today on five hits, with a Jeremy Pena solo homer in the third, and a two-run Taylor Jones double in the sixth accounting for all Astros scoring.

Meanwhile, Astros pitching allowed eight runs on ten hits, the big blows coming from homers by Dominic Smith, Peter Alonso, and Francisco Lindor.

One bright spot of the game was the pitching of Peter Solomon, a highly regarded A-level pitcher coming back from Tommy John surgery. Although the box score records that he allowed two runs in 2.1 innings, through two innings he allowed just one walk and one hit. In the second inning he struck out the side, including former Astro slugger J.D. Davis and James McCann.

After allowing a walk and a single in the third, Solomon was replaced by Nivaldo Rodriguez, who allowed the three-run homer to Smith, two of those runs credited to Solomon. But Solomon struck out four of the eleven batters he faced, walking two, in only his second pitching appearance since 2019.

The Mets feasted on a coterie of Astros Minor League pitchers including Jairo Solis, who allowed four runs in 1.2 innings, and Carson LaRue, who was tagged for one run in 1.2 innings. Seth Martinez managed to finish the bullpen duties for the Astros with a perfect eighth inning.

The Astros play the Cardinals tomorrow at 5:05 CDT. Adam Wainwright faces Bryan Abreu, just back from COVID quarantine.

The radio broadcast on this one is switched to KTRH, 740 from the usual 790 broadcast frequency.

Box score HERE