Astros, Mills pass the first test. Game one in the books.
As nice as Spring Training wins are for the fans, you’re not going to draw a ton of emotion from those in uniform, regardless of the outcome. The spring season is long and there’s a ton of work to do to get ready for Opening Day, and one win won’t make or break a season.
Still, winning is always nice, regardless of whether the games count in the real standings. The Astros pummeled the Nationals on Thursday by a score of 15-5, and manager Brad Mills drew both positives and negatives from the landslide win in Kissimmee.
The offense was fantastic, but the defense struggled. Hunter Pence wowed the crowd with two home runs, a feat that did not go unnoticed by the new skipper.
“Can I put in my order for two homers every day? Is that OK?” Mills said. “He’s been working every day early, before BP, and late. That’s how he does things. It’s not a surprise that he was ready right out of the chute.”
Watch Mills break down the Astros’ win here. And, as always, enjoy the images from gameday at Osceola County Stadium…
Pregame dugout scene: Michael Bourn, Jason Michaels
First base coach Bobby Meacham and Geoff Blum.
Jeff Bagwell signs an autograph for a young fan before the game.
Jose Cruz and Kazuo Matsui chat before the game.
Hunter Pence, during the anthem.
A win is a win is a win…