A four-run 4th opened up a 2-1 game as the Astros blasted past the Nats, 6-2 on Sunday afternoon.
Patrick Corbin remained in ’20s form as he was charged with two runs on three hits and a walk over two and a ⅓ innings. He walked one and fanned three.
José Ferrer let in both runners he inherited from Corbin while getting out of the 3rd. Offseason pickup Anthony Banda put the game out of reach with the aforementioned four runs on two hits and two walks.
Jeter Downs was the sole watchlister to start, playing second base and batting ninth. He went 0-for-2 with a Robles.
Here’s how the other notable minor-leaguers who appeared in the game did:
- RHP Thad Ward pitched the fifth and gave up a walk but no runs. He struck out two.
- Jeremy De La Rosa replaced CF Alex Call in the 6th and led off the 8th with a single
- Jared McKenzie pinch-ran for Keibert Ruiz in the 7th but did not score a run. Riley Adams replaced him at C in the bottom half of the inning
- Yasel Antuna followed Yadiel Hernandez in LF in the 7th and grounded out in the 9th
Tomorrow is the last scheduled off day before the club heads north to DC during the last week of March. Washington will take to the buses to visit the Marlins on Tuesday. MacKenzie Gore is expected to make the start.