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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.