Today, the Red Sox and Astros battled to a 4-4 tie in Grapefruit League action. With the introduction of Astros rookie Hunter Brown, who is expected to be in the starting rotation this season, the game was full of excitement and anticipation. This blog post will provide a summary of the game and the impressive performances from each team.
Rookie Hunter Brown had trouble finding the strike zone, allowing an infield hit, three walks, a hit batsman, and a catcher’s interference to allow two runs, one earned. Ryan Pressly worked out of trouble without allowing a run but gave up two hits and a walk with one K.
Ronel Blanco, who looked extremely impressive in his first appearance this Spring, continued the good work today. He went two innings, allowing just two hits with three strikeouts. In three innings so far this Spring, Blanco has faced 11 hitters, retiring nine, six by strikeout while allowing no runs.
Jacob Melton added two runs for the Astros with a two-run homer in the sixth. His previous assignment before ST was at high-A Fayetteville in 2022, where he had a 1.001 OPS. He was the Astros’ second-round draft pick last year. The Red Sox also scored two runs in the sixth on a home run against Astros 26-year-old Austin Hansen.
The Astros are hosted tomorrow by the St Louis Cardinals. Starting time 12:05 CT. Two front-line pitchers start: Framber Valdez vs. Adam Wainwright. The game will not be televised but can be heard on KBME 790 AM radio.
Today’s game was exciting and full of impressive performances from both teams. If you are looking for an exciting game to watch, the Red Sox and Astros matchup is definitely one to watch for. Tune in tomorrow to see the Astros take on the St Louis Cardinals and see what kind of exciting plays and performances await.