Singleton Blows Lead Astros Over Tigers

Jonathan Singleton will spend the first 50 days in extended spring training as he serves out his 50 day suspension for testing positive for a drug of abuse.  He may have been the Astros starting firstbaseman this year, but he will have to wait until the All Star break to make an impact.  Today he blasted two homeruns to lead the Astros over the Tigers 11-4.

Anibal Sanchez gave up a solo homerun to Singleton in his first at bat in the second inning, a shot tagged over the right centerfield fence.  Anibal struggled in the third, giving up four straight hits, including a 2-run double to Rick Ankiel down the first base line.  After retiring the next two hitters Anibal had to face Singleton again and Jonathan roped a line drive over the right field fence for a 2-run shot, just inside the foul pole to give the Astros a 6-0 lead.

Phillip Humber pitched will for the Astros for the first four innings.  The Tigers got to him for four runs in the fifth, all the result of the Astros defense, specifically Ronny Cedeno giving the Tigers five outs.  Ronny made a high toss to the dimunitive Jose Altuve at second for the error.  Chris Carter and Cedeno allowed a shallow fly ball to left to drop between them to give the Tigers a second extra out.  Prince Fielder made them pay roping a shot that hit the scoreboard in right centerfield.

The Astros pulled away from the Tigers again with a 2-run homer from Jason Castro in the fifth.  Rick Ankiel added a solo shot in the sixth to give the Astros an 11-4 win.

Game Notes: Ronny Cedeno defensively does not look like the answer at short for the Astros.  He booted a ball and made a bad throw for two errors and allowed a popup to fall between him and Chris Carter.  Myworld was not clear whether Carter called for the ball, but if I’m Cedeno I don’t assume Carter catches anything…In the first three at bats myworld witnessed Jonathan Singleton hit a triple and two homeruns.  He walked and popped to third in his last two at bats…Carlos Correa played short and shows a good arm.  He grounded to third in his only at bat, barely beating the throw to first to prevent a double play.  Carlos does not show a lot of speed, at least from the burst out of the batter’s box in his one at bat….If anything will prevent the Tigers from winning their division it will be their poor defense and their slim bullpen…Matt Tuasosopo was referred to as Mr. T…The Astros showed their future in the last two innings hitting Domingo Santana, Correa and Delino Deshields.  Deshields was the only one of the three to get a hit.

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