Another dominant outing with the Washington-Pitching staff and the first pitch home run from Jose Altuve was all the Astros needed to keep rolling on Friday night.
Framber Valdez beat the Nationals to one run in 7 2/3 innings, while the Astros hit Washington starter Josiah Gray with five runs, including Altuve and Yuli Gurriel’s home runs, to win 11 games in a row. It was extended to. 6-1 wins at Nationals Park.
“They were attacking early, and we didn’t jump to anyone at such an early stage for some time,” said Astros manager Dusty Baker. Winning list. “It feels good to get a lead and lead Flamber. It was the first inning.”
The Astros, who won 15 of the last 17 games, can set the club’s record of 12 consecutive wins on Saturday night. The Astros pitching staff allowed 10 earned runs in 99 innings (0.91 ERA) during the club’s 11 consecutive wins.
“Looking at the stats, we’re still aggressively down in the league as a whole, but we’re at the top when it comes to pitching,” Baker said. “Pitching will go a long way until the attack begins.”
Let’s take a closer look at how the Astros won 11 times in a row.
Valdes finishes shutout in 7th place
Valdes threw 105 pitches-the most Astros pitchers this year-but couldn’t completely finish the eight innings that would have tied the team season to the best. He has scored 2.08 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in the last four starts, each of which is a high quality start by definition.
“Flamber was really good,” Baker said. “He started to get unstable, but it was good that we took the lead early. He took us deep into the game. We You don’t have to overuse the bullpen as you’re trying to take him to its eighth. Your bullpen remains relatively fresh when you start pitching that way. This is this series of It’s relatively important in the game. “
By the time Valdes stole the mound, he had a five-run lead, which made him comfortable. After giving up on his first single-out pair, he sent 15 of the next 18 batters to put him in seventh. The Houston starter has 0.95 ERA during the winning streak.
“Obviously, rotation is doing a really good job,” Valdes said. “We all support each other, give advice to each other, make sure someone isn’t doing something wrong. We can help someone else fix it. It feels great that everyone is pitching well. “
Gurriel hits the first Homer of the season
Although the season started late on the American League batting champion’s plate, Gurriel delayed the season’s first home run in the first and added a sharp single in the ninth. Homer was his first since October 2, 2021-102 at-bat span.
“We were all very happy because Yuri hit the first one,” Baker said. “The first one seems to be the hardest to get. Hopefully he will start rolling from there.”
Gurriel said hitting coach Alex Cintron helped him adjust his position in the box and made the ball more visible.
“I worked hard and made adjustments all year round to get the results we wanted,” Gurriel said. “Unfortunately that wasn’t the way it was happening, but today is an example [that] The work is paying off. “
Gurriel, who won the AL Gold Glove Award last year, also showed his defensive power when he started and finished the 3-4-3 double play in the 6th round. What really made his play stand out was that Gurriel was looking down at the first base bag when he caught the ball instead of looking at it.
“It’s just a play I practice a lot,” he said with a smile. “I just went in and found the bag. I knew I had the ball.”
Alvarez launches another long explosion
The third time from Alvarez’s 438-foot home run to the straight centerfield was the 11th in the season and the third in the last two games. He easily tied the Yankees Slugger Aaron Judge with an AL lead, who finished 12th on Friday. Can he be in the early stages of a home run race with a judge?
“Honestly, that’s something I haven’t paid much attention to,” Alvarez said. “Many have brought it to me, but for now my focus is on doing a good job and going out and playing every day.”
With 11 home runs in 27 games, Alvarez was the fastest to reach 11 home runs in the season, surpassing the 2019 AL Rookie of the Year campaign, which recorded 11 home runs in 30 games.
“Now I’m focused on touching the ball as usual. Thankfully, things are going well,” Alvarez said.