BALTIMORE – The Astros were set for their third no-hit combined game in franchise history. That was until the eighth inning of Monday’s game at Camden Yards.
Jake Odorizzi maintained a perfect match offer until the fifth inning, then the pen picked up the offer without a hit where it left off, until the Orioles were awarded the first hit in the eighth inning. of Houston’s 10-2 win in Baltimore.
It helps to get a win when your starting pitcher throws five scoreless innings and the nine batting fans a season high. Odorizzi walked in his first walk of the game in the fifth inning – ending his 13 straight retired batting streak to start the game and ending the chance for a perfect game.
“I knew it, but I really didn’t care. Like I’m going to keep doing the same, ”said Odorizzi. “The third time around they made an adjustment – they didn’t swing at the top of the zone ball. But otherwise, [I was] fairly comfortable with what worked. I told you right off the bat, just give me a little time. The more starts I get, the more I get back to normal. ”
Cristian Javier only needed 28 shots to get through the sixth and seventh innings and continued Odorizzi’s dominance in the Orioles roster.
“I wasn’t aware of that or thought about it too much,” Javier said when asked if he was aware of the no-hit offer going on at that point in the game. . “I was just trying to get in there and attack the zone as much as possible and get ahead of the hitters. ”
Manager Dusty Baker was more than impressed with the way Odorizzi and Javier threw the ball. He has seen his holder regain his rhythm during the last outings and his reliever continue his excellence. But then the rain put the brakes on Baker’s plans.
A 41-minute rain delay at the start of the eighth – which was the night’s second rain delay, after an hour’s delay before the first pitch – halted play and momentum for Astros’ pitching staff . Barely three batters later, the uncombined breakout was shattered when Brandon Bielak gave Maikel Franco his third homer of the season, a two-point shot.
However, Baker believed the no-hitting offer might have lasted longer had it not been for a three-shot missed shot. Bielak had a 0-2 count on Franco. Then the third pitch he threw at bat was called a ball.
“The bullet that breaks, that [would have] took a three take, that was a big throw, ”said Baker. “Then they have a slider inside, then Franco hits it out of the park. So it was – I don’t know. You always want a non-hitter if there is a chance for a non-hitter. Most importantly, we won the game and came out injury-free. ”
Houston’s likelihood of victory was virtually guaranteed after the offense scored five points in the third, centered on a three-point explosion from Yordan Alvarez – his 10th homer of the season – to give the Astros the lead early.
The Houston offense then added five more insurance points – two in the seventh and three in the eighth – scoring double-digit points for the eighth time this season. The win was the Astros’ eighth in a row, marking another winning streak for the club. Not only is this the longest active winning streak in the Majors, but it also ties up the longest Astros from last season.