HOUSTON – After wrapping up his impressive comeback season with another stellar start on Tuesday night, Justin Verlander He was too busy looking ahead to think much about what he had already accomplished.
He said: “I wouldn’t be who I am or in this position now if I was happy with where I finished the regular season. … I’m really trying to prepare myself for post-season and prepare for that.” . “But at the same time, I see the numbers, I know how good they are, and I really appreciate it.”
Verlander scored 10 goals without allowing a hit in five rounds, and Houston held the winning goal over the Philadelphia Phillies until the ninth inning in a 10-0 win.
Verlander, who has made three in his career, walked one before being pulled after 77 throws. The AL West Astros champion led the Phillies wild card 8-0 at that point.
“It’s great to be on the hill,” said manager Dusty Baker. “The team is excited, the fans are excited, I think baseball is excited when he’s on the mound on the national stage like that. He’s a bowler.”
non-veteran Hunter Brown pitching 2⅓ innings hit and Hector Neres I got the last two of the eighth inning. will Smith Came on the ninth, and Garrett Stubbs To the center of the field to break up the unsuccessful show, causing jeers from the crowd.
“In the fifth round you start to think about it,” Becker said, about the possibility of not hitting. “You start calculating the amount owed…Everyone in our office, the guys who walked in, wanted to be a part of it.”
“It didn’t work out,” Verlander added. “It wasn’t our night.”
Jeremy PeñaAnd the Kyle Tucker And the Martin Maldonado Humid as the Astros jumped goalkeeper suarez (10-7) for six runs in two rounds to build a big lead early in their 1,000th win at Minute Maid Park, which opened in 2000.
Verlander (18-4) earned his 18th major MLS win, and his 1.75 ERA win was the lowest for a qualified bowler in AL, excluding the season’s brief pandemic, since Pedro Martinez’s 1.74 ERA in 2000.
The two-time Cy Young winner ERA is the lowest of his career, beating the 2.40 ERA in 2011, when he won his first Cy Young and also earned an AL MVP while in Detroit.
Verlander, who also won the Cy Young award in 2019, is a leading candidate to win the award for the third time this season after returning to the level after a nearly two-year absence following Tommy John’s surgery.
“For me, it may not have been what was supposed to happen, but what I expected to happen,” he said. “I didn’t know exactly how good the season would be, but I thought it would be me when I was healthy, which is usually fine.”
Verlander, 39, has been dominant since the start of the game on Tuesday, fueling eight straight strokes at one point to set a career high and a franchise record.
This eight-hit streak started when it happened Darek Hall to finish the first. Then he hit the side in the second and third inning before coming out Bryce Harper To start the fourth. The line ended when Alec Boom Then dropped. Verlander didn’t even allow the main competition Brandon March Walked to start the fifth.
But he got back on track, and retired Bryson Stott And the Nick Mattoon Before Matt Ferling Earthed in force outward to end the run. Verlander was given a standing ovation as he walked into the dugout and raised his hat to the crowd before leaving the stadium.
He was going to hit a little longer on Tuesday, but caused a hemorrhage from the top of one of his fingers by “clicking” on his glove. Verlander said it was something he had dealt with before that wasn’t serious, but he didn’t see a reason to push it at this point in the season.
Harper and Marsh played on Tuesday, but the Phillies sent a squad missing several of their key players after sealing their first playoff since 2011 the night before.
Jose Altove He doubled up front before Peña stepped into the middle of the field to make it 2-0. Jordan Alvarez Then double from the wall in the left field and Alex Bergman He walked.
Tucker then hit the benches in the right field to widen the gap to 5-0.
Maldonado pushed the score to 6-0 when he opened Houston’s second goal with his shot to the left of center.
Tucker has 30 homers, 107 RBIs, and 25 steals base this season to join Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell as the only player in franchise history with at least 30 steals, 25 steals, and 100 RBIs in a single season; Bagwell did it twice, in 1997 and 1999.
Suárez allowed seven strokes and six runs, with three high-profile hurdles in three innings.
Christian Vasquez And the Mauricio Dupont They each hit an RBI song in the sixth inning to make it 8-0.
NO-HITTERS THIS SEASON
There have been three no-hitters this season, including two no-hitters combined.
Los Angeles Angels Rookie Red Detmers Tampa Bay Rays kept injury free in May. The New York Mets had combined a no-hitter against the Phillies and the Astros combined for a no-hitter against the New York Yankees.
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