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The fact: The Astros rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to come from behind and beat the Blue Jays, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium (boxscore).
What we learned: LHP Rudy Owens knows he’s getting a great opportunity to impress the staff by getting to start two games so far in Grapefruit League play, and he made the most of it Sunday by going three innings and allowing one hit and no runs while striking out two against the Jays. He was roughed up in his previous outing Tuesday.
“I knew today was a big day for me,” he said. “I needed to show up and I did. I’m happy that they’re letting me start games. This is my first year actually being able to throw in a game to start and it feels pretty good. It’s comfortable. I’m not used to throwing out of the bullpen. Being able to start the game feels normal. I like it.”
Player of the game: C Jason Castro. After scuffling at the plate to start the spring, Castro went 2-for-3 on Sunday and belted his first home run of the spring, a two-run shot.
What went wrong: RHP Anthony Bass, who was in the mid-90s with his fastball and upper 80s with his slider, struggled in his one inning of work by allowing four hits and two runs. … LHP Raul Valdes didn’t pitch well, giving up two hits and a run in one inning. … 1B Jonathan Singleton went 0-for-3 to fall to 0-for-15 for the season, and RF George Springer went 0-for-3 to fall to 1-for-13 (.077).
Notable: DH Chris Carter, who crushed a pair of balls on Saturday, including his first home run, kept it up Sunday by going 2-for-3 with no strikeouts. … IF Marwin Gonzalez and C Carlos Perez had RBI hits in the eighth inning. … LHP Kevin Chapman added to his fine spring with a one-inning outing. RHP Matt Albers and RHP Peter Moylan also threw an inning each.
Quotable: “I felt like we played a complete game today. Good pitching, good defense, timely hitting. Marwin with the big double late in the game, [and] I felt like the pitchers did a good job with the tempo and attacking the strike zone. It was good to see a clean game.”— Astros manager Bo Porter.
Up next: The rotation turns over with right-hander Lucas Harrell getting the start when the Astros return to Viera, Fla., to play the Nationals at 5:05 p.m. CT at Space Coast Stadium. Harrell has pitched five innings in two starts, allowing four hits and one run. Following him to the mound will be Mike Foltynewicz, Peter Moylan, Josh Fields and Josh Zeid.
Injuries: RHP Mark Appel (recovering from appendectomy), RHP Asher Wojciechowski (lat strain), RHP Jesse Crain (biceps tendon surgery recovery).
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What happened: The Astros beat the Braves, 7-4, on Sunday in their first home game of the Grapefruit League season at Osceola County Stadium (boxscore).
What we learned: The work LHP Brett Oberholtzer has been doing with his curveball is giving him confidence to be a solid pitch in his repertoire, instead of just a third pitch. He wants to use it as a weapon to left-handers, but his fastball command will also set everything up. He threw two innings in relief Sunday and gave up three hits and one run.
What we learned II: RHP Jarred Cosart’s adjustments are playing off as well. Cosart breezed through two scorless innings against the Braves, and said holding his hands lower prior to his windup has allowed him to get more angle on some of his pitches. It’s a subtle move, but one that could pay huge dividends.
What else: The Astros had nine hits, four of which went for extra bases. RF Marc Krauss and 1B Chris Carter doubled, and 3B Matt Dominguez and 2B Ronald Torreyes had triples. … C Carlos Corporan drove in a run with a hit and a sacrifice fly. … RHP Anthony Bass continues to impress, throwing another scoreless inning. … The Astros drew two walks with the bases loaded in the eighth inning — RF L.J. Hoes and Torreyes. … CF Dexter Fowler had an outfield assist in the fifth by getting Jordan Schafer trying to stretch a double into a triple. … RHP Jerome Williams threw two scoreless innings.
“I was really pleased with the tempo of the game,” manager Bo Porter said. “I felt like guys went out there today and threw strikes and kept the defense on their toes.”
What went wrong: The Astros were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. … RHP Chad Qualls got on the mound for the first time and gave up two hits and three runs in one inning.
What they said: “The other guys think, ‘I’m not going to walk this guy. I’m going to throw him a good fastball and hopefully he’ll hit it to somebody,’ but the little man can hit,” Astros manager Bo Porter on 5-foot-9 infielder Ronald Torreyes.
What’s next: Left-hander Dallas Keuchel makes his first start of the spring on Monday afternoon when the Astros travel to Jupiter, Fla., to face the Miami Marlins at 12:05 p.m. CT. Keuchel is battling for a rotation spot, having gone 6-10 with a 5.15 ERA in 31 games (22 starts) last year.
Who’s injured: RHP Mark Appel (recovering from appendectomy), RHP Asher Wojciechowski (lat strain), RHP Jesse 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).
Links of the day:
- Feature story and video: Jarred Cosart motivated to follow strong rookie season
- Astros meet with Players Association
- Porter not a fan of platoon situations
- Pat Listach ready for challenges of coaching third
- Oberholtzer working to refine curve ball
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