Astros manager Bo Porter said before Wednesday’s game that he was eager to see right-handed pitcher Alex White finally pitch in live action and against a good Toronto Blue Jays lineup.
White, who was acquired from the Rockies in a trade for Wilton Lopez in December, made his Astros debut and is competing for a spot in the back end of the starting rotation.
It was a good test early for White, facing the Blue Jays lineup. He gave up a leadoff single to Jose Reyes in the top of the first inning. With Melky Cabrera up next, Reyes was thrown out by catcher Carlos Corporan at second base and then Cabrera struck out looking. White got Jose Bautista to fly out to left field to end the inning.
In the second, White got two of the first three batters to fly out and walked Toronto’s Adam Lind. The inning ended on a Colby Rasmus hit straight through shortstop Tyler Greene’s legs, but left fielder Robbie Grossman threw Lind out at third.
White left the game after two innings with his team leading 4-0.
“It was good to get out there and get some work in,” White said. “A few things I wanted to work on mechanically and with my delivery and it felt great today, and the fact that I stayed consistent in my delivery and my command was pretty good.”
White’s final line: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 R; 25 pitches, 14 strikes
“I threw mostly four-seam fastballs – four-seam, two-seam," he said. "I threw maybe two breaking balls and maybe one or two splits, but I got them on a fastball for a strike and that’s what I’m trying to do here early."