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Valencia, Colabello and Smoak homer, Jays beat Astros

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I normally don't use pictures of the other team, but this one of George Springer making a catch at the wall is too good not to use.
I normally don't use pictures of the other team, but this one of George Springer making a catch at the wall is too good not to use.
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Blue Jays 7 Astros 4

The wind must have been blowing out big time today at Osceola County Stadium. The Jays hit 3 home runs and the Astros had 2.

It was the first, let's say, less than great start, from Daniel Norris, this spring. Norris isn't always going to be lights out. He pitched 6 innings, allowed 5 hits, 4 earned, 1 walk with 8 strikeouts. And he gave up the two home runs. He gave up all his runs in the first 3 innings, then faced the minimum in the 4th, 5th and 6th innings. He struck out the side in the 6th.

  • Colt Hynes pitched a perfect 7th, getting 2 strikeouts. He still hasn't allowed a run this spring. He's pretty much assured of a spot on the roster.
  • Gregory Infante allowed just a walk in the 8th and had a strikeout. If he pitched like this earlier in the spring, he wouldn't have been sent down.
  • Blake McFarland struck out 2 in the 9th, putting up his own perfect inning.

On offense, our group of not quite regulars, had 12 hits and 7 runs.

  • Jon Berti was 1 for 5, a triple. He was just up for the game from the minor league camp.
  • Dioner Navarro: 0 for 2, 2 walks, 1 k. .188.
  • Danny Valencia: 1 for 4, home run, 2 k. .324.
  • Dayan Viciedo: 1 for 5, 1 k. .233.
  • Chris Colabello: 3 for 4, home run. .333.
  • Caleb Gindl: 0 for 5, 2 k. .313.
  • Justin Smoak: 1 for 3, home run, k. .196.
  • Munenori Kawasaki: 1 for 2. 348. He's had a very nice spring, but I don't think he ever had a hope of making the team out of spring training.
  • Ryan Goins: 3 for 4, 3 doubles. .292. I think Goins has won himself the utility infielder job. I don't believe he's suddenly learned to hit but he plays very good defense, he'd be great for spelling Reyes for a couple of innings at the end of wins.

Tomorrow the Jays host their neighbors the Phillies. Then they have a game against the Red Sox, before their two games in Montreal.