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Astros Fall to Mets in Rain Shortened Spring Training Game, 6-1

Pedro Leon makes his major league debut.

MLB: Houston Astros at New York Mets
 New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) tags out Houston Astros second baseman Freudis Nova 
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Astros hitting is again marked absent in a 2021 Spring Training Game, getting blanked until the fifth inning.

Then, in the sixth inning, just before rain ended the game, two of the Astros’ most prominent international prospects broke the scoring drought, starting with the $4 million bonus baby from Cuba, Pedro Leon. Reaching first on a throwing error, perhaps induced by his speed down the line, Leon next scored from first on a Freudis Nova double.

It was Leon’s major league debut.

Soon after the rain came.

No Astros pitcher managed to hold the Mets scoreless today. Starter Zack Greinke, in his first Spring Training tune-up, allowed a run in one inning worked on a Pete Alonzo double.

Following Greinke, rookie Nivaldo Rodriguez, who saw very limited action in 2020, allowed a run in two innings.

His relief, Seth Martinez, allowed three runs in 1.1 innings, and was lucky to get out that lightly, as he was able to pick off former Astro JD Davis trying to steal third.

Finally, the Astros closed with 2016 9th round pick Ryan Hartman, who surrendered one run in 1.2 innings.

The Astros play the Cardinals tomorrow at 12:05 CST. Kent Emanuel goes for the Stros.

Box score HERE