Astros Spring Notes: What’s Worse Than One Tie? Two Ties!
By Cody Poage
Another game, another tie is in the books for the Astros. Wait, this is baseball, right?
Yesterday was a Monday. The Astros played a non-important baseball game against the Boston Red Sox. This game ended in a 5-5 tie.
This just so happen to be a relatively uneventful day in terms of baseball. But yesterday’s game does help me appreciate the fact that baseball, in theory, should never result in ties.
But there was some interesting performances. For example, Chris Devenski struck out four Red Sox batters in three innings. But the right-hander also allowed a three-run home run to Sam Travis in the third inning.
Francis Martes pitched two innings while allowing an earned run in his second Spring Training appearance. Left-hander, and bullpen hopeful, Ashur Tolliver pitched a scoreless inning to finish the game out.
A couple of Astros hitters had a decent game at the plate such as Marwin Gonzalez, George Springer, Colin Moran, and Jake Marisnick. Honestly though, there just wasn’t much to see in this one. But that is the nature of Spring Training games. And it just doesn’t make much sense to overreact this early in the process to hot streaks or slumps. Brian McTaggart of MLB.com has the right idea.
Another interesting aspect was that the Astros faced Chris Sale. You may remember him from the plethora of rumors that surrounded him this offseason. He is also a very good starting pitcher that Houston was reportedly interested in earlier this offseason. Oh well, I am not crying over what could’ve been.
I would like to add that with the World Baseball Classic starting to ramp up, it will be a while before we see all of the these Astros together again. On the plus side, this will open the door for others to show what they got. And I am curious to see who takes advantage of an opportunity that normally isn’t there every year.
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In case you didn’t know already, the Astros have the day off tomorrow. So there goes any chance of three ties in three consecutive days. But the three-peat can still happen on Wednesday. You know my fingers are crossed!
**Statistics courtesy of MLB.com**