I think the Astros bats will figure this thing out by Opening Day. Just a feeling I got.
The Astros' otherwise dormant hitting showed signs of life this evening against the Cardinals, featuring a fifth-inning solo homer by Jose Altuve. Possible back-up 1B Taylor Jones added a game-tying solo homer in the eighth. And Yordan Alvarez got the Astros on the board in the fourth with his first hit of the Spring, an RBI rocket through the shift.
Altuve had two hits, Michael Brantley, Yordan Alvarez, and Carlos Correa all had one each. Kyle Tucker walked twice and scored on a sixth-inning pitching error on an Abraham Toro grounder.
Starting pitcher Bryan Abreu, 2020 disappointment, was disappointing today as well, allowing two runs on five hits in 2.1 innings pitched. The killer was a first-inning two-run homer by Paul Goldschmidt. It should be noted that Abreu is just back from COVID quarantine.
The remaining bullpen did not disappoint, however. After allowing two walks, Kit Scheetz righted the ship and finished a scoreless third after loading the bases.
Joe Smith looked mid-season, hurling a perfect fourth with 2 Ks. Brooks Raley and Enoli Paredes continued their perfect Springs, each throwing scoreless innings. Paredes struck out three legit big-leaguers, including Paul DeJong, Yadier Molina, and red-hot Tyler O’Neill.
Steve Cishek made his case for the starting 26 with a scoreless seventh.
Hector Velazquez allowed the Cards to tie the game and then go ahead, allowing two runs, one earned. The Astros would come back to tie the game up after the Taylor homer.
A 4-4 tie.
Box Score HERE
Astros off tomorrow.