The 2012 season opener for the Houston Astros ended in disappointment as they fell to the Colorado Rockies 5-3. The fielding for the Astros needs work as they had four errors which resulted in four runs on the night, and ultimately cost them the game. The Astros starting the game off well by going up 1-0 after the first inning when J.D. Martinez scored when Carlos Lee hit a single to provide the first score.
The Rockies countered by putting up three runs in the third inning, and while the Astros responded to tie the game in the fourth on a Lee two-run home run. That would be the last runs that the Astros would score Friday tonight.
The Jim Crane era of the Houston Astros officially begins at 6:05 p.m. local time Friday night, when the new-era Houston Astros start fresh against Colorado with a roster featuring 10 players set for their first big league action. One thing still largely intact from 2011 is the rotation, with Opening Day starter Wandy Rodriguez, Bud Norris and J.A. Happ all returning. Former Phillies closer Brett Myers will anchor the bullpen.
It's an overhauled field as well - second baseman Jose Altuve and third baseman Chris Johnson are back, while Carlos Lee moves from left to first. The rest are new names, mostly young, that the new Houston organization hopes will carry this team into its next phase in the American League come 2013.
Date / Time: Friday, April 6, 6:05 p.m. CT first pitch