Offense, Springer explode in Astros' win

Offense, Springer explode in Astros' win
February 27, 2013, 6:00 pm
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DUNEDIN, Fla -- An early 4-0 lead and two home runs by prospect George Springer paced the Astros (3-2-1) in a 10-1 win over the Blue Jays (2-4) at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin on Wednesday.

Robbie Grossman and Matt Dominguez doubled and J.D. Martinez all singled and three runs scored before Toronto starter Brad Lincoln was taken out of the game with two outs left in the top of the first. The Astros ended the inning with a 4-0 lead.

After striking out looking at his first at-bat in the first inning, Springer knocked a three-run home run in the top of the fourth to increase the Astros lead to 7-1. At his next plate appearance in the top of the fifth, Springer hit his second home run of the game – a two-run shot off the scoreboard – to give Houston a 10-1 lead.

“Outstanding,” manager Bo Porter said of Springer’s performance. “We talked about it in pregame. We talked about the ball jumping off his bat. He really laid into those two balls – really good swings and got the head out, really drove it, and I thought the second was a better swing than the first one.”

Springer is rated as the No. 3 Astros prospect by MLB.com and No. 37 on Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects list for 2013.

Altogether, the Astros offense exploded for 18 hits, giving them 68 total in their first six games.

Right-handed pitcher Alex White impressed in his Astros debut (2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 R) against a Toronto team that features stars such as Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista at the top of the lineup. Wesley Wright allowed one run off three hits in the third, while Jarred Cosart, Rhiner Cruz, Jose Cisnero and Chia-Jen Lo each allowed one hit and no runs in the win.  

“White was efficient, good, down in the zone,” Porter said. “Cosart came in and did a good job. Wesley did a good job as well."

 “Across the board, I love the approach, I love the way we’re attacking the baseball. We’re running the bases and just continue to play solid defense and continue to pitch.”

The Astros return home to Kissimmee the next three days to face a split-squad Yankees team, the St. Louis Cardinals and then the Atlanta Braves. All games start at 12:05 p.m.