Washington – Another dominant outing by the shooters and Homer of the first order Jose Altove She was all the Astros needed to keep rolling on Friday night.
Astros manager Dusty Becker, whose 2,009 career win saw him overtake Leo Durocher to take the 10th all-time winner, said the list of wins. “It feels good to get the lead, to get Framber up front. That was some first half.”
The Astros, winning 15 of their last 17 games, can set a club record of 12 consecutive wins with their victory on Saturday night. The Astros’ staff as a whole allowed 10 wins in 99 runs (0.91 ERA) during 11 consecutive club games.
“You look at the stats, we’re still down in the whole league offensively, but we’re very wise,” Becker said. “Throwing will take you a long way until you begin to insult you.”
Here’s a closer look at how the Astros scored their eleventh win in a row:
Valdez takes the close to seventh
Valdes threw 105 throws — the most Astros throws this year — but he couldn’t finish eight rounds, which would have done the team’s highest of the season. He’s had 2.08 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in his last four starts, and they’ve each been a file Quality start By definition.
“Framber was really good,” Becker said. “He started shaky, but the good thing is that we hit it early on, and it takes us deeper into the game. We’re trying to take it through that eight so I don’t have to use a lot of my bulls. When you start pitching like that, your ban stays relatively fresh. That’s relatively important during this series of games.”
By the time Valdez took the hill, he had five times lead, which helped him feel comfortable. He gave up a pair of singles in the first before sending 15 of the next 18 hits to put him in seventh. The Houston starters have a 0.95 ERA during their winning streak.
“Obviously the rotation is doing a really good job,” Valdes said. “We all support each other and give each other some advice and see if someone is doing something wrong, someone else can help correct it. It feels great that everyone is doing so well.”
Goriel attacks Homer’s first of the season
It was a slow start to the season on the plate for the Major League hitter, but Gurriel hit his first game of the season in the first half and added a sharp song in the ninth. Homer was his first since October 2, 2021 – over 102 strikes.
“We were all so happy for Yuli, because he hit his first hit,” Becker said. “The first seems to be the hardest. Hopefully it will start rolling from there.”
Goriel said hitting coach Alex Cintron helped him adjust the way he stood in the penalty area, which helped him see the ball better.
“I’ve been working hard and making adjustments all season long to try to get the results we want,” Gurriel said. “Unfortunately, that was not how it used to happen, but today is an example of it [that] The work pays off.”
Goriel, who won the AL Gold Glove last year, also demonstrated his defensive prowess as he started and finished a 3-4-3 double in the sixth inning. What made the play so great was that Gurriel was looking at the first base bag holding the ball rather than looking at the ball.
“It’s just a play that I do a lot,” he said with a smile. “I just went in and found the bag. I knew I had the ball.”
Alvarez launched another long blast
Alvarez’s 438-foot march to center field was his 11th this season and his third in his last two games. He briefly hooked up with Yankees skater Aaron Judge to lead the AL, but Judge hit his twelfth goal later on Friday. Could he be in the early stages of racing at home with the Judge?
“Honestly, that’s not something I pay much attention to,” Alvarez said. “A lot of people have brought it up to me, but for now, I’m focused on trying to do well and getting out and playing every day.”
11 players in 27 games is Alvarez’s fastest 11 players in a season, surpassing his 2019 AL Rookie of the Year campaign, when he had 11 players in 30 games.
“For now, I’m focused on trying to get in touch with the ball, just like I’ve always done, and fortunately things are going well,” Alvarez said.
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