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Game 25: Williams roughed up in loss to Cards

The fact: Jerome Williams allowed six runs and nine hits, including three home runs, in four innings as the Astros lost for the ninth time in 10 games, 6-3, on Sunday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium (boxscore).

Not that it matters much, but the Astros have lost nine of 10 to fall to 8-15.

What we learned: The fact Williams is a lock to make the club, something which manager Bo Porter said earlier Sunday, doesn’t change his approach to anything the rest of the spring.

“I’m just going to keep on going day-by-day until Opening Day comes,” he said. “I’ve been around this game for a long time, and I’m not satisfied until I’m there Opening Day. Even though it was said by the manager I was there, I’m going to try and work my butt off and try and be that pitcher that I always want to be and try and compete and do well.”

Williams, who’s battling with Dallas Keuchel, Brad Peacock and Lucas Harrell for the two final spots in the starting rotation, didn’t help his case Sunday when he was rocked for nine hits and six runs in four innings in a loss to the Cardinals.

“I’ve just got to work on throwing a ball not to bats,” he said. “It was one of those days where balls were just finding bats, and balls were finding holes. I left like three or four pitches up and they took advantage of it. It’s kind of bad that it’s happening now at the end of spring. Hopefully, I can just try and turn it around before the season starts.”

Read more about Williams here.

Player of the game: SS Jonathan Villar went 1-for-3 with a triple and made a pair of great catches. In the sixth inning, he made an all-out diving grab along the left-field line, and an inning later caught a foul pop while navigating the bullpen along the left-field line.

“That’s a tough play when you start dealing with the bullpen mound and the different things that’s down there,” manager Bo Porter said.

What went wrong: The Astros, who were without the top three hitters in their lineup — Dexter Fowler, Jose Altuve and Jason Castro — were held to three hits and didn’t get a hit until Villar led off the sixth with a triple. … C Carlos Corporan had a throwing error in the seventh inning.

Notable: LF Marc Krauss made a great diving catch to rob Matt Carpenter of a hit to start the game. … RHP Anthony Bass and RHP Jorge De Leon each threw 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball. LHP Raul Valdes threw two-third scoreless.

Quotable: “Jerome has really good command, and sometimes you can throw too many,” — Astros manager Bo Porter on starting pitcher Jerome William’s tough outing.

Up next: LHP Dallas Keuchel gets another shot to win a spot in the rotation when the Astros face the Braves at 5:05 p.m. CT Monday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Keuchel got off to a nice start this spring with three consecutive scoreless outings before getting rocked for 13 hits and seven runs March 18 against the Marlins in Jupiter. He’s battling with Jerome Williams, Brad Peacock and Lucas Harrell, though either one of those pitchers could wind up in the bullpen as well.

Injuries: RHP Alex White (recovering from biceps tendinitis surgery), RHP Asher Wojciechowski (lat strain), RHP Jesse Crain (biceps tendon surgery recovery), RHP Peter Moylan (UCL tear).

Links of the day:

Astros to open the season without a set closer

Former first-round Draft pick Jio Mier hopes to rebound in 2014

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Game 16: Feldman, Peacock put in solid day of work

The fact:  Gio Gonzalez allowed three hits and one run in 4 2/3 innings and Steven Souza Jr. hit a pair of solo home runs and added an RBI triple to lead the Nationals to a 4-3 win over the Astros on Sunday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium (boxscore).

What we learned: RHP Scott Feldman will be good to go on Opening Day. So, the Astros haven’t formally announced Feldman will be their Opening Day starter, but manager Bo Porter said Sunday that decision could be made public soon. Feldman had his longest outing of the spring Sunday, allowing eight hits and three runs in four innings against the Nationals.

“I’m still working on thing sand trying to get that command going to where I know where the all is going a little better,” said Feldman, who gave up two home runs. “I made some mistakes and they hit some fly balls, especially out here in Spring Training, they’re going to go a long ways.”

Player of the game: RHP Brad Peacock was sharp in four innings in relief, thanks to a polished changeup. He allowed two hits and one run and struck out four batters in his first Grapefruit League outing in two weeks. Last year, Peacock had three stints on the Major League roster and went 4-3 with a 3.67 ERA in his final 12 appearances of the season (nine starts), setting him up to battle for a rotation spot this spring. He credited an improved slider with helping him succeed a year ago, but he focused on the change Sunday.

“Last year, I had three decent pitches and I just needed a changeup,” he said. “Me and [pitching coach Brent Strom] have been working every day and trying to throw it like my fastball and make it look like my fastball.”

Read more about Peacock here.

What went wrong: The Astros managed just eight hits, including three doubles, and were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. … 2B Jose Altuve was charged with an error for dropping a relay throw from 3B Matt Dominguez, though it appeared Altuve may have held on long enough to get the out.

Notable: Feldman was originally scheduled to start a Minor League game, before the Astros decided to throw him in a Grapefruit League game. … 1B Jonathan Singleton had an RBI double to score SS Carlos Correa.

Quotable: “I felt like we played really well defensively. The positioning was good and guys made crisp plays,” — Astros manager Bo Porter.

Up next: LHP Brett Oberholtzer gets another chance to try to win a spot in the starting rotation when the Astros face the Braves at 12:05 p.m. CT Monday in Kissimmee, Fla., weather permitting (rain is forecast). Oberholtzer, who was arguably the Astros’ best pitcher in the second half of  last season, has appeared in two Grapefruit League games and allowed six earned runs in four innings. He hasn’t pitched in a big league game since throwing two innings against Washington on March 7.

Injuries: RHP Mark Appel (recovering from appendectomy), RHP Asher Wojciechowski (lat strain), RHP Jesse Crain (biceps tendon surgery recovery).

Links of the day:

Class A Quad Cities receives Midwest League championship rings

Astros cut seven from camp Sunday

Porter not ready to name a closer

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Pictures of the day:

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Doug Brocail watches Jarred Cosart

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Brent Strom and Brocail watch Cosart

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Matt Dominguez and Marwin Gonzalez

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Bo Porter and Lucas Harrell

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Quad Cities manager Omar Lopez talks to his team at ring ceremony

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Carlos Correa talks to teammates at ring ceremony

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2013 Midwest League champs, Quad Cities

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Mark Appel, Carlos Correa, Rio Ruiz and Lance McCullers Jr.

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