The pitching wasn’t there for the Astros Monday. The result- a 10-5 loss to the Braves. Starter Jordan Lyles had a rough first inning but settled down in the second. Lefty Zach Duke labored through three innings and Rule 5 pick Rhiner Cruz was lit up in his Astros debut. Henry Villarwas the only Houston pitcher that was able to hold the Braves at bay.
The offense banged out eleven hits, and maybe even more importantly drew six walks. Brad Mills used 19 position players in the contest. Jed Lowrie and Matt Downs had two hits apiece and Brian Bogusevic stole two bags. Downs also had a throwing error, as did first-baseman Scott Moore.
Wandy Rodriguez will take the mound Tuesday against the Mets as the Astros try to get back in the win column. Rodriguez has been nursing a stiff back and is slated to throw three innings in what will be his spring debut. Carlos Lee (hamstring) is also scheduled to make his first appearance of the spring.