With six months between games at Minute Maid Park, the Astros and Cubs gave fans and extra-large dose Friday, playing 10 innings in a 6-6 tie that went late into the night.
Alex White started the game for the Astros and experienced discomfort in his throwing elbow as he struggled in his only inning. White gave up three hits and three earned runs on 30 pitches.
“It’s just something that’s been nagging me for a couple of weeks now and came up on me,” White said. “We’ll get more information on it tomorrow.”
The Astros bats were ready early, led by Chris Carter who drove in a pair of runs with the first of his two doubles on the night.
Marwin Gonzalez gave the Astros a 5-4 lead in the second inning with a three-run homer that followed singles by Jason Castro and Matt Dominguez.
Outside of Carter’s second double in the third inning, that would be all the offense for Houston until Trevor Crowe led off the eighth inning with a double.
Crowe eventually scored to tie the game 6-6 on a wild pitch.
Even when the Astros were scoring runs, they had a hard time making contact against Cubs pitching. The team struck out 18 times in the game.
George Springer, Jonathan Singleton and Delino DeShields Jr. all saw their first game action at Minute Maid Park, though all three have yet to get their first hit.
The Astros and Cubs finish up their exhibition season Saturday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.