Brad Peacock (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
Feldman started the game for the Astros and pitched the first four innings of Houston’s 4-3 loss. The right-hander battled through four plus innings, he pitched to one batter in the fifth inning before giving way to Jorge De Leon, and allowed eight hits. Were it not for the long ball, Steven Souza struck two home runs, Feldman would have limited the Nationals to just one run. Houston’s new addition to the pitching staff also struck out three batters.
De Leon struck out the next two batters after entering the game, but after a walk and two hits, Brian Goodwin‘s RBI single closed the book on Feldman officially.
L.J Hoes then got the scoring started for the Astros driving in Matt Dominguez in the bottom of the fifth inning and Jose Altuve‘s run scoring double to score George Springer brought Houston within a run. Springer had two at bats this afternoon and continued with his usual production, a strikeout and a walk.
Souza continued his success today with an RBI triple to plate the one run Peacock allowed. In what was a much needed rebound for the right-hander, he allowed just two hits and no walks while striking out four Nationals. Peacock likely has two or three more starts prior to the start of the season as he looks to build on the positive momentum he started building at the end of 2013.