Game 2: Big inning dooms Peacock, Astros
What happened: The Astros fell to 1-1 in Grapefruit League play by losing to the Tigers, 5-1, on Saturday in Lakeland, Fla. (boxscore).
What we learned: RHP Scott Feldman’s arm appears to be in great shape. The veteran pitcher said he usually has some resemblances of a dead arm this time of year, but he threw two seamless innings Saturday in his start against Detroit. He allowed one hit and one walk, but was otherwise in the rocking chair.
“I threw quality strikes, and that’s what we’re looking for,” Feldman said. “It usually takes a little longer. We’re not going to get away with too many mistakes once the season starts. Right now, I think the pitchers are a little bit ahead of the hitters and all that stuff catches up, and hopefully by the end of the spring I’ll be able to hit my spots and throw the ball where I need to be.”
What else: RHP Mike Foltynewicz finished the game with two scoreless innings and was very impressive, allowing just one hit and no walks. … RHP Jason Stoffel threw a scoreless inning. … RHP Collin McHugh threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits.
What went wrong: The Astros were 4-for-31 against the Tigers, managing singles by Max Stassi, Brett Wallace and George Springer and a double by Carlos Correa, who scored the only run on a Wallace ground out. … RHP Brad Peacock allowed five runs and four hits in one inning of work while he struggled with fastball command.
“I’ve been waiting for a long time to get back on the mound and face some hitters and see where I’m at,” Peacock said. “I have a lot of work to do.”
What they said: “When that ball fell in center field, I told him ‘That’s what you call living right,'” manager Bo Porter on SS Carlos Correa’s fifth-inning double.
What’s next: The Astros play their Grapefruit League home opener when they face the split-squad Braves at 12:05 p.m. CT Sunday at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Fla. Right-hander Jarred Cosart, who went 1-1 with a 1.95 ERA in 10 starts in his Major League debut last year, will throw for the first time this spring and pitched two scheduled innings.
Who’s injured: RHP Mark Appel (recovering from appendectomy), RHP Asher Wojciechowski (lat strain), RHP Jessse Crain (calf strain/biceps tendon surgery recovery), OF Adron Chambers (hamstring strain), RHP Jorge De Leon (quad strain), LHP Raul Valdes (left knee surgery recovery).
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