Astros Get Past Cardinals 4-2 in Hispanic Heritage Night
Justin Verlander throws a pitch in his third Grapefruit League start in an Astros uniform, Friday, March 9, 2018, at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Photo Pedro Penalver, FL Daily Post)

WEST PALM BEACH — The world champions celebrated big in their spring training facility, scoring four runs in the seventh inning on a two-out triple hit by Kyle Tucker that cleared the bases. Exactly the kind of victory that cheered the large Hispanic crowd attending, also celebrating the Fitteam Ballpark of the Palm Beaches’ Hispanic Heritage theme night.

The Astros hosted the Cardinals on a gorgeous evening with Justin Verlander shining on the mound.

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In his third Grapefruit League start in an Astros uniform, right-hander Verlander couldn’t be progressing any better with a 4-2 win over the Cardinals after throwing five scoreless innings. He allowed two hits, one run on a homer by Paul DeJong, stroke out eight and walked none of the first 11 batters he faced.

Astros Get Past Cardinals 4-2 in Hispanic Heritage Night
Shortstop Paul DeJong runs the bases after connecting a single-run homer off Justin Verlander, Friday, March 9, 2018, at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Photo Pedro Penalver, FL Daily Post)

“It’s just Spring Training so you don’t want to take too much away from it,” he said. “You just want to focus on what you’re doing out there, and I felt good. The adjustments I’m trying to make are continuing to feel more comfortable, and I’m trying to stay in my rhythm and build a pitch count.”

Hall of Fame second baseman Craig Biggio was at the Ballpark as he’s spending a few days in Astros camp in uniform, excited for what it is happening in an organization he’s been a part of for 31 years.

The Astros are fun to be around. They had an incredible year in 2017 and definitely were the best team in MLB. They have gone from being one of the teams more vulnerable to the punches to become one of the most difficult to strike nowadays.

On the other side, the Cardinals saw what they had hoped to see in right-hander Miles Mikolas.

Astros Get Past Cardinals 4-2 in Hispanic Heritage Night
Miles Mikolas throws a pitch to shortstop Carlos Correa on Friday, March 9, 2018, at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Photo Pedro Penalver, FL Daily Post)

He is looking to get back in the Major Leagues at 29-year-old after spending the past three seasons in the Japanese Central League. Mikolas had a great game, throwing four scoreless innings against the World Series champions. He even touched 98 mph with his fastball.

21st Annual Triunfo Awards, Noches de Carnaval

Hispanics know how to spice up an event.

To the sound of Daddy Yankee, dancers, and a carnival parade, the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches turned into an exciting festive night, dedicated to celebrate the Hispanic Heritage in Palm Beach County.

Astros Get Past Cardinals 4-2 in Hispanic Heritage Night
In partnership with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County, the Astros and Cardinals celebrated the Hispanic Heritage in PBC. Pictured here, dancers going around the stadium on Friday, March 9, 2018, at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Photo Pedro Penalver, FL Daily Post)

In partnership with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County, which will hold its signature event called Triunfo [Triumph] Awards Gala in April, The Ballpark and both teams —Astros and Cardinals— helped make the night a jovially celebratory, ending with a fireworks show as the game wrapped up.

Triunfo is an important, elegant night where business leaders in the community come together to honor one another’s triumphs and commemorate another year in the chamber’s history. There’s live music and entertainment at Triunfo Galas, as well as delicious food and cocktails. A portion of the proceeds always benefits the Triunfo education scholarships that help several high school students successfully prepare for college.

Up next

The Astros are leaving town —West Palm Beach— on Monday for a visit to the White House.

The team accepted an invitation from President Donald Trump two months ago to visit the White House to be honored by the Commander-in-Chief for their World Series title. On Monday (March 12), the champs will be there.

Astros Get Past Cardinals 4-2 in Hispanic Heritage Night