Blue Jays Stomp on Stros

The Houston Astros weaknesses are being exposed the longer myworld sees them this spring.  The game started with a single past a diving Carlos Lee and the next batter hit what should have been a routine fly ball that appeared to be lost in the clouds by J.D. Martinez.  It dropped behind him for a double.  The Blue Jays scored two runs in the first courtesy of the Astros defense and raced to an easy 11-2 win.

Even though the Blue Jays had a comfortable 6-2 lead, they really exploded in the sixth.  Aneury Rodriguez, who looked unhittable in the fifth, with two strikeouts, could not get anyone out in the sixth.  Rookie Adeiny Hechavarria started off the scoring with a booming homerun into left centerfield, his second hit of the game.  Another rookie Travis d’Arnaud finished off the scoring by launching a 2-run homer against him.  Aneury Rodriguez was fortunate to have Anthony Gose caught stealing or the Blue Jays could still be batting.

The Astros pitching got better in the seventh or the umpires strike zone expanded.  David Carpenter struck out the last two hitters he faced in the seventh, Wilton Lopez struck out the side in the eighth and Wesley Wright struck out the leadoff batter in the ninth to give the Astros six straight whiffs.  Of course, all that damage came against the Blue Jays minor leaguers.

Six different Blue Jays finished the game with two hits.  The Astros hit into two double plays, stuck out 11 times and could only manage six hits.

Game Notes: Myworld can’t see the Astros playing the whole year with Jed Lowrie at short.  His arm has already shown its weakness by failing to get two fast runners at first on what appeared to be routine, but slowly hit ground balls.  Lowrie just doesn’t seem to have any zip in his throw.  Jonathan Villar could take over the shortstop position by mid year…Interesting to watch all the U.S. scouts sitting just behind home plate.  They are like an assembly line operation.  They all have their radar guns, point them at the pitcher when he throws, place the gun down and jot down the pitch in their book, all in unison.  There were also two Asian scouts.  They had no gun but just watched the game, taking down notes in their book.  Perhaps the game has gotten too obsessed with velocity and instead of watching the swing and the miss they are paying more attention to the speed of the pitch, even though it may be straight as an arrow with little deception…A woman caught a ball in the first inning with her bare hands shortly after J.D. Martinez missed his.  A fan shouted “Put her in left field”…Brett Lawrie showed some hustle, stealing third and tagging up to make it to second on a fly ball to center field…The Astros appear to need a lot of work going back on balls hit over their head.  They look like cat caught in twine as they twist and turn every which way to try to catch balls that fall beyond their outstretched gloves.  Jason Bourgeois was a victim of that in the fourth inning that allowed two runs to score…J.D. Martinez had a rough day.  In addition to his missed fly ball, he struck out twice and flied to right…

Prospect Watch: Anthony Gose went 2 for 3 with a double.  He also was caught stealing when he slid beyond second base…Jake Marisnick saw some time in left field.  He bounced to short in his only at bat…David Cooper was the DH.  He went 2 for 3 with a double and walk.  He drove in two runs with his double and scored a run…Moises Sierra got the start in right, going 2 for 4.  He did strike out twice and took a long time to run down a ball down the right field line…Michael Crousse made a nice over the shoulder catch in right field, but struck out in his only at bat.  Myworld saw a lot of Crousse in Panama and he has a penchant for striking out…Adeiny Hechavarria had another impressive game, going 2 for 4 with a homerun and two runs scored.  He has been putting solid barrell of the bat on the ball…Chris Hawkins got one at bat and looked very overmatched, striking out on a breaking pitch in the dirt…George Springer singled in his only at bat.  He got to play the last three innings in center field…Jonathan Singleton hustled to first on a ground ball to the shortstop and beat the ball to first after the throw was side and the sweep tag missed…Jonathan Villar struck out in his only at bat…

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