Wallace Leads Astros Past Tigers

Brett Wallace booted a ball in the second with two out to allow the Tigers to score the first run in the top of the second, but he hit a game tying homerun and an RBI single to make amends for the error in the Astros 9-4 win.

Jason Castro hit his second homerun in two Kissimmee starts, a 2-run shot into left centerfield in the second to give the Astros a 2-1 lead.  Rick Ankiel still showed the legs to turn a missed diving catch by Avisail Garcia in right field into a triple to keep the inning extended for Castro.

The Tigers took the lead in the top of the fourth with a 2-run homer by their own catcher Brayan Pena, a ball that traveled farther in height than distance.  Brett Wallace led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a shot straight up the middle and over the centerfield backing.  A Eugenio Garcia boot allowed the go ahead run to score to give the Astros a 4-3 lead they would never relinquish.

Duane Below had trouble getting Astro hitters out in the fifth inning, giving up five hits and one walk in the Astros 5-run outburst to put them on top 9-3.  Trevor Crowe ripped a 2-run triple to finish off the scoring.

Game Notes: The Astros had three hits by Brett Wallace and two hits from Rick Ankiel, two players fighting for a lineup spot.  The Astros move to the American League giving them an extra bat in the lineup…Michael Morrison showed a good breaking ball for the Tigers, getting two swings and misses for strikeouts with the pitch.  Delino Deshields and Michael Burgess both looked overmatched in their at bats…Bruce Rondon had trouble throwing strikes, not allowing him to finish the second inning.  He had a three ball count to three of the four hitters he faced and a two ball count to the other.  He walked two and struck out two…Jonathan Villar shows a good arm and turned two on a slow chopper…Tyler Collins hit a double giving him three straight extra base hits, two doubles and a triple, before flying out…Only 1,758 showed up at a game that experienced constant drizzles.  At no time did this rain last more than three minutes, but it kept reappearing.

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