Anaheim – The Astros weren’t looking for another setback for their squad on Thursday. These plans went awry almost immediately.
The first pitch of the game hit the left Angels Reed DettmersJose AltoveOn the left knee, causing the tophus with visible pain. He remained in the match for the first half but was replaced at second base at the bottom of the frame by Mauricio Dupont.
Already with the exception of Jordan Alvarez (right hand problem) and Michael Brantley (shoulder pain), traces of their absence are visible on the board. After pushing through a pair of kicks in the first, the Astros’ bats fell silent on the board until Jeremy Pena in the 10th inning took a chain win over the Angels.
Ryan Presley pitched shorten without goals to keep 3-2 victory, with great help from Dubón’s catch on a soft Max Stassi liner for the second of the tenth. Despite a lot of recent injuries, Houston won 22 of the last 29 and went 4-2 on the road trip.
“It was tough,” said manager Dusty Baker. “We’ll take it.”
The All-Star break can’t come soon enough for these stars, especially with three of their top hitters ill. Altuve, who entered the night scoring .350/.471/.600 with six extra hits in 11 games in July, was diagnosed with a left knee bruise and is considered day in and day out. Baker said he was planning to rest Altuve regardless, along with other veterans, at home on Friday against Oakland.
“It would be painful,” Becker said. “[The pitch] Hit it near the side bone of the knee. I just hope he’s fine on Saturday and Sunday.”
Before the game, Baker commented on the warm temperature in Southern California, calling it “turbulent weather.” Once Altuve arrived and Peña drew a rally to unlock the game, the Astros seemed to confirm their manager’s words. Alex Bregman swung into the Detmers’ first showing and an opponent in left field to load the bases, before Kyle Tucker brought in a round with a counterfield hit.
Houston had a chance to put the Angels in a deeper hole, but the pop, running player selection and misunderstanding on the streamers led to the break on the core lanes and an unsatisfactory 2-0 lead. It took the Astros until six to put another runner in the scoring center.
Korey Lee, who replaced Martín Maldonado as the auto sprinter to start 10th, advanced to third base on a deep fly ball by Dubón and scored Peña’s goal the other way.
“You want to be prepared for the situation,” Peña said. “I was ready to put something in the air and start running.”
“He’s playing beyond his experience and age,” Becker said. “The situation did not bother him or become too big for him.”
It started for the first time since then Chosen by an all-star by his managerOn the left flank, Framber Valdes is the reason for this, as he made his 16th leading quality start in his 18 games this season, as well as his 15th appearance in a row. He went six innings to protect a non-attacking player, recovering from an early pitched spike and a bout of brutality.
The third game of 31 involved one pitch to Luis Rengivo who completely avoided Maldonado’s gauntlet and went straight towards the back net. Rengivo walked and Joe Adele hit the foot to load the bases, before Valdez walked with Jonathan Villar to force the Angels into the first run. The next inning, Stassi escaped and reached second on Dupont’s foul, sacrificed for third and scored from a pass to Shuhei Ohtani.
But Valdes was instrumental then, collecting his last six goals in just 14 stadiums. He finished his impressive first run with 2.66 ERAs over 115 rounds.
The short-staffed bulls, starting with Hector Neres followed by Rafael Monteiro and Presley, were hit seven times over four rounds. The only two hits allowed came against Neris.
Presley, who retired 24 consecutive hitters dating to a save against the Yankees on June 23, continued his last run of brilliance, in a fast ninth inning giving Baker the option to keep him in 10th.
“What helped that [his] The pitch count was low, which allowed him to drop in 10th and then we did right [on offense]. “
Jared Walsh’s strike was followed by Dupont’s hitch, which left Stasi’s racket at 59.8 mph. The passing ball was of little effect, as Brandon Marsh fell swing to ensure the Astros did not lose in back-to-back games, something they hadn’t done since June 10-11 against the Marlins.
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