The Houston Astros got a big boost from new recruit Trey Mancini as he destroyed a pair of home runs punctuated by a Grand Slam in his team’s 9-3 win against the Cleveland Guardians on Friday.
Mancini, who was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles last week, has now hit a home run in each of his two appearances for his new club. In doing so, he became the first player in the modern era to hit home runs in his first two starts for his first two teams, a feat he still achieved when he started with an O.
He struck the first in the second inning, when Amade Rosario hit his home run to start the game for the Guardian, and Mancini’s second home run of the game came with bases loaded in the third frame for the first. Grand Slam of his career.
Arguably the best hitter in baseball this season, Yordan Alvarez went two-five and scored his 73rd RBI for the season—the seventh-most in the league—and his future Hall-of-Fame teammate Jose Altuve took one of his three hits. Lengthened RBI. ,
On the mound, Framber Valdez achieved his 18th consecutive ‘quality start’ – defined by a pitcher having scored at least six innings while giving away three or fewer runs – finishing with three earned runs from seven hits. Hua and his six and one- third innings.
He now leads the league with 19 quality runs, and his streak of 18 in a row is the longest since Jacob deGrom scored 26 consecutive runs in early May 2018.
The win takes the Astros’ record to 70–38—one game behind the New York Yankees for the best record in the American League.
Yankees, Holmes take late lead
Courtesy of a blown defense from All-Star reliever Clay Holmes, the New York Yankees led almost the entire game before eventually falling 4-3 to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Josh Donaldson scored a pair for the Yankees, while AL MVP favorite Aaron Judge collected two hits and came home to score twice, giving his team a 3–2 lead in the eighth inning.
Determined not to take any risks, the Yankees tried to get Holmes early in the inning and with their lead in the ninth inning still making the move, but this was not to happen as Holmes took a walk and two hits. Conceeded, second two – took the lead by scoring a double from Paul DeJong.
Cardinals close friend Ryan Helsley, making no such mistake, closed the door and accumulated the savings.
Gibson Phillies. Produces an almost perfect start to
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Gibson had a perfect game through six innings in his team’s 7–2 win against the Washington Nationals.
Gibson dismissed the first 18 batsmen he faced, dismissing three as he relied on strong fielding behind him to get out early. His bid for a perfect game was eventually broken by a hit-by-pitch to start the seventh frame, and one from the next batsman ended a no-hitter.
He finished with one earned run from two hits and one run in eight completed innings, while Kyle Schwarber hit his 34th home run of the season to help the offensive side of the ball. Only Judge has more home runs this season than Schwarber.