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Odorizzi Crushed in Houston Debut. But Astros Bats come through against Nats, 11-8

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Correa and Tucker with 3 RBI each. Luis Garcia pitches four scoreless.

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Jake Odorizzi officially has a Spring Training ERA of 67.00. To make the meaning of that clear, if he pitched whole games, he would average allowing 67 runs in every nine-inning stint.

Of course, this one inning was his first and only inning this Spring, and his first as an Astro. Let’s assume he’s fighting off rust just as batters are getting their skills finely honed with the season almost here.

Still, in his one inning, which included five batters in the second with no outs recorded, Odorizzi allowed seven runs, six hits, including four homers (two to Ryan Zimmermann), and two walks. Odorizzi faced 15 batters, retiring only three, with just one by strikeout.

But the Astros bats came to life. Even more heartening, it was the real Astros bats. The ones we’ll see during the regular season.

Carlos Correa opened the Stros scoring with a two-run double in the fourth inning, scoring Jose Altuve and Martin Maldonado

Michael Brantley doubled home Jose Altuve and Martin Maldonado in the fifth, with Brantley scoring on a Kyle Tucker groundout.

The Astros beat up on Brad Hand in the sixth, allowing two runs on a Jose Altuve single. The Astros scored three more that inning against Sam Clay on an Alex Bregman fielder’s choice and a Tucker double, scoring Altuve and Bregman. Four of the five runs that inning were officially charged to Hand.

The Astros added insurance in the ninth with a Correa home run.

The only Astros starter to not get a hit was Yordan Alvarez.

After Francis Martes gave up two hits and two walks and was credited with allowing one run in the second, the Astros bullpen shut down the Nats. That included Blake Taylor, Ryne Stanek, Luis Garcia, and Kit Scheetz.

Luis Garcia got an extended look, going four innings, allowing only two hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

Tomorrow the Astros take on St. Louis at 5:05 CDT. Jose Urquidy gets another start before the season begins.

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