CTH logo by John Burgess & Greg Thurston
Since we last left Peoria, they have been struggling. The Javelinas have lost each of their last three games as they saw their record for the season drop to 5-11. What might be even worse, is that they lost those three games by a combined score of 33-5.
In two of those games, Peoria was shut out, and they actually lost on Saturday to Salt River by a score of 20-0. Let’s take at how the Astros prospects performed in that stretch.
- On Thursday, the Javelinas were shutout by the Glendale Desert Dogs, and at least the bright spot is that Houston did not have any offensive players in the lineup. From a pitching standpoint, the Astros were not as lucky. Jonas Dufek pitched 1.1 innings for his first loss of the spring bringing his record to 0-1. Prior to this, Dufek had been having success, but that was not the case for this game. He allowed five runs on three hits while striking out two, but it wasn’t as bad as it looked. Dufek was done in by a an error, as only one of his runs were earned. He did also give up a Jared Mitchell home run. Alex Sogard pitched the ninth inning, allowing an unearned run for which he was responsible for by committing an error. Sogard gave up two hits and a walk, while striking out one Desert Dog.
- Peoria actually scored some runs on Friday, but they still fell to Mesa by a score of 7-5. Nolan Fontana has been dropped to seventh in the batting order, and it did not make a difference for the shortstop as he went 0-2 with a walk. Delino DeShields batted ninth and went 0-3 with walk and two strikeouts. The Astros did not have any pitchers appear in the game.
- Saturday is the game that was embarrassing as the Javelinas fell 20-0. Jonathan Meyer went 1-4 with two strikeouts, and DeShields once again got the start in the ninth spot in the batting order. Meyer also had his third throwing error of the fall. The centerfielder went 1-3 with a strikeout bringing his average up to an even .300 on the season. Andrew Robinson was the only Astros prospect to take the hill and he was done in by an error. Robinson gave up five runs (none of which were earned) on two hits and two walks.