After getting knocked around all Spring, today Brandon Bielak seemed to re-discover some of the form that turned heads in the early part of the 2020 season. In five innings he allowed two runs, two hits, two walks, and got six strikeouts against a legitimate Cardinals lineup. His only mistake was a two-run homer to Dylan Carlson in the second inning.
Astros bats reverted to their otherwise frigid Spring form after a good night last night, managing only six hits and two runs. Jose Altuve struck out in each of his three at-bats. The frontline starters were 3 - 17.
The Astros’ two runs came on a “Too Tall” Taylor Jones RBI single in the 3rd, and a Yuli Gurriel RBI single in the sixth. Kyle Tucker ended that inning, getting thrown out attempting to occupy third base.
Ryne Stanek pitched a scoreless sixth inning for the Stros with two Ks. But two young prospects who could see action in a Stros jersey later this year allowed the Cardinals to take the lead.
Hunter Brown looked shaky in the seventh, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks. Tyler Ivey allowed a run in the eighth on a hit and a walk, with a wild pitch thrown in for good measure.
The Astros visit the Marlins tomorrow at 12:05 CDT.
Box Score HERE.