The Houston Astros broke out the big bats in today’s Spring Training game against the Miami Marlins. It is no secret that the Astros have had their fair share of problems when facing the “regular” pitchers. By “regular pitchers” I mean the guys who will be on the mound against big league hitters. The majority of the Astros’ long balls have come against minor league pitching late in Spring Training games. Now that isn’t too encouraging for the young team. In fact, the Astros only had one hit the game before this one. The hitting has been going down hill, especially after the way this spring started out.
Today, it was a completely different story. The Astros came out swinging, and swinging hard. In the first inning, Carlos Pena drilled a pitch for a two run home run. Right after that, Brett Wallace hit a solo shot over the center field wall. In the second inning, Mat Dominguez hit himself a two run shot. At this point, the Astros were killing the Marlins, and it didn’t stop there.
Later in the game, Jason Castro and Chris Carter also went deep. The Astros tallied up five home runs.
Along with Wallace’s home run, he also grabbed a two RBI double to boost his already good day. Wallace has been having himself a nice spring so far. Outfielder Rick Ankiel also had himself a nice day. If you have been following the Astros this spring, Ankiel has been raking so far. Ankiel had two hits in four at bats. He is hitting .435 so far this spring.
Astros’ pitcher, Bud Norris, started today’s games and pitched pretty well except in the third inning. Norris gave up four runs in the third, but continued to pitch in the fourth inning.
The guy I’m most surprised with, Astros pitcher Phil Humber, finished the game with five one hit, shutout innings. He has been really impressive so far this spring and is bolstering his chance to make the starting rotation.