After losing an error-filled game the week before to the LB Dodgers, the Astros as a team re-committed to playing solid defense and it paid off in a 9-5 victory over the RH Red Sox on Monday. As a team, the Astros committed only 1 error in the game, allowing a season-low 13 base runners even while only striking out 6. Even better, multiple Red Sox hits to the OF were stopped and relayed to the cut off in a timely fashion, holding hitters to singles and stopping base runners at 3rd Base, where the catching trio of Stefen Brende, Holt Tyler and Jake Pekarek stranded them.
The Astros banged out 11 hits, led by MVP Nico Stavrakis who led the charge at the plate with 3 hits plus a reach-on-error, and had 3 RBI. Pekarek continued his hot hitting with 3 RBI of his own. Brende, Tyler and Wes Agnew all reached base 3x, combining for 4 hits and 5 walks. On the mound, starter Keegan Leslie and Tyler combined to put 3 critical zeros on the scoreboard in the 2nd/3rd/4th innings, with Brende coming in to close the door in the 5th.
The Red Sox got an outstanding starting pitching effort from southpaw Ronin Fujisawa, who tossed 3 innings of 1 hit ball, allowing only 2 runs and striking out 5 Astros. At the plate, Cash Fine and Kaviani Carlson both had 2 hits.
The Astros added 6 runs in the Top of the 6th to make the score 15-5, however darkness fell and the game ended before the Red Sox could get their at-bat, thus reverting the score to 9-5. The Astros head into Spring Break 4-2 and will be back in action on Monday April 8 vs. the LB Angels. The Red Sox have one more game before the break, taking on those same LB Angels on Friday 3/29 in a make-up game.