Astros slam the Rangers in Alamodome finale

Astros slam the Rangers in Alamodome finale
March 29, 2014, 3:30 pm
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In a battle of the Astros' future big leaguers versus the Rangers' current big leaguers, the Astros' version won on Saturday at the Alamodome with a 13-6 win.

TURNING POINT

Jonathan Meyer changed the game with one swing of the bat in the fifth inning. What had been a close game became a 9-3 Astros lead after Meyer got down swatting a grand slam. More runs would follow, as would more home runs, but Meyer's swing was big, in more ways than one.

STARTING PITCHING
Dallas Keuchel was solid as he wanted to be, escaping out of a first-inning jam and pitching into the fifth inning. Overall, his pitching line said he gave up four earned runs in 4 1/3 innings, with five strikeouts to only one walk. Against a stacked Rangers lineup, this was a good test for Keuchel and he passed it.
BULLPEN

The bullpen didn't face quite the same quality of hitters Keuchel did because by the time they came in, just about all the Rangers' regulars had been taken out of the game. That said, the Astros' relievers were steady. Mike Foltynewicz was a highlight for the Astros, going a strong 2 2/3 innings. The pitching prospect limited the Rangers to a single and a walk.

AT THE PLATE

George Springer showcased the offensive skill set that has Astros fans so excited to see him in the future. Springer filled the box score, going 3-3 with a home run, stolen base, two RBI, and three runs. Marwin Gonzalez continued his torrid spring, getting three hits. Gonzalez's spring average is now .407.

IN THE FIELD

After a shaky first inning, the Astros steadied the ship. Meyer and Springer had errant throws that led to the Rangers' first run of the game. After that, Houston was fine defensively.

ATTENDANCE

A crowd of 27,255 showed up to watch the Alamodome finale between the Astros and Rangers, which is about 4,500 more than the previous night.

UP NEXT
While these Astros won in San Antonio, the rest of the team had returned to Houston after Friday's game to take on Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz. The Mexican team is visiting Minute Maid Park Saturday and Sunday as the Astros' final tuneup before Opening Day on Tuesday when they host the New York Yankees for a three-game series. Then the Astros host the Los Angeles Angels for a four-game series starting on Friday.

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