D-Backs walk off Astros 3-2 in 10 innings

Thursday, April 14, 2022
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The D-Backs Walk Off The Astros 3 2 In 10 Innings

The D-Backs walk off the Astros 3-2 after an extra-innings game. With the score tied 1-1‚ Houston took a 2-1 lead in the 10th on a sacrifice fly by Alex Bregman. The D-Backs would score the equalizer and go-ahead run in the same inning. But the Astros' bullpen pitched well in relief. Lance McCullers Jr. allowed three runs and struck out seven in 10 innings‚ but the Astros managed to come back and win the game.

Austin Nola hits his first career home run

Nola's first career home run was hit off the D-Backs in his second at-bat‚ in the bottom of the fifth inning. After striking out nine times over his first 10 at-bats‚ Nola walked four and hit a 100-mph solo home run in the fifth inning. Nola‚ who turned pro in 2012‚ had a rough start to his career‚ but has been showing signs of progress in each of his last four starts. He is just twenty-five years old‚ which is still a good sign for his fantasy potential. Nola walked on four pitches to begin the inning‚ but his first two batters reached base. After reaching third base on a double‚ Nola scored on a fly to center field by Cronenworth. Nola ended up reaching third on a double by Jake Cronenworth‚ and Nola reached second on a fielder's choice by Travis Dillon. The Padres added to their lead in the top of the fifth with two runs scored on a throwing error by Geraldo Perdomo and a walk by Luke Voit. Austin Nola followed with a RBI single to center‚ and Manny Machado followed with an RBI double. Jose Alvarez then struck out the last two batters to end the inning‚ allowing Nola to hit his first home run. The Padres managed to get a run back in the eighth‚ but the Padres were still not done yet. Nola struck out six in the eighth inning before being relieved by Justin Gilbert. The Padres put one ball in play at 98 mph. Nola's home run was the first of his career. In fact‚ it took 10 innings for Nola to reach the home run.

Merrill Kelly gives up three hits‚ two walks and strikes out six in 10 innings

After pitching four scoreless innings against the Astros‚ Merrill Kelly was not weighed in the decision‚ throwing five and a third shutout frames. The right-hander gave up three hits‚ two walks and struck out six in a no-decision. This was a solid outing for Kelly‚ who has yet to allow a run in two starts this season. The Diamondbacks won this game 2-1‚ with the game won by the inning-ending double play. Merrill Kelly gave up three hits and two walks while striking out six in 10 innings. The Diamondbacks got one run from Merrill Kelly in the fifth‚ while the Astros tallied two runs in the sixth. However‚ the Astros won the game 1-0‚ thanks to Jeremy Pena's two-out‚ three-out RBI triple‚ and one run scored in the sixth. The Astros' offense had a rough day‚ as they stranded 17 baserunners and went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position. While the Diamondbacks won't be the hottest team in the AL West‚ they did a solid job of putting together an impressive win. Merrill Kelly‚ whose contract was extended during the offseason‚ has remained consistent in his first two starts. Last week‚ he pitched 5.1 innings of three-hit baseball against the Houston Astros and struck out six. The Diamondbacks opted to pull Kelly after the fourth inning‚ which facilitated an Arizona comeback. Despite a lackluster start to his season‚ Kelly's numbers are encouraging. In his first start‚ he threw a season-high 75 pitches and got out of a runner in the fourth inning. Kelly has a 7.4 K/9 ratio through nine and a third innings‚ which suggests that he has potential. If the Diamondbacks aren't able to protect a lead‚ Kelly's performance could be key to their success in the AL West.

Lance McCullers Jr pitches well

Lance McCullers Jr. pitched well in his return to the postseason after missing most of the ALCS due to a forearm injury. He walked just one batter and struck out ten in 6.1 innings. In addition to his impressive stat line‚ McCullers also did not issue any walks. Before the game‚ Lance McCullers met with pitching coach Brent Strom and catcher Martin Maldonado. McCullers departed to a standing ovation from the Minute Maid Park crowd. It was the Astros first home postseason game since Game 7 of the 2019 World Series. Lance McCullers is one of the Astros' representatives in the MLBPA. The club is in the process of negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement and McCullers has been an impressive pitcher this season. Lance McCullers' fastball and curveball will both sit in the mid-90s‚ while his two-seamer will touch 98. The Astros must respect McCullers' curveball‚ which averaged 86.1 mph and topped out at 90.1 mph this past season. Despite the success of his season‚ Lance McCullers Jr. has yet to pitch in the postseason due to his forearm injury. Though he's on the disabled list for now‚ the Astros may add him back to the roster if he continues to make progress. If he makes it‚ he'll have a chance to make his World Series debut. After two solid starts‚ Lance McCullers Jr. will have a chance to return to the top of the starting rotation. With the win against the D Backs‚ he improved to 43-22 against a.500 team. This is a significant win for McCullers‚ who are hoping for a repeat performance. In the meantime‚ the White Sox will continue to stick with Carlos Rodon despite the lack of success by McCullers.

Humberto Castellanos gives up three hits‚ two walks and strikes out six in 10 innings

The Arizona Diamondbacks lost a rematch of their series with the Dodgers on Friday. Humberto Castellanos allowed six runs on nine hits in five innings and was not given a decision. He gave up three runs on five hits‚ struck out one and walked one. He pitched 71 pitches and finished with a 4.28 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. He is now tentatively scheduled to face the Giants next week. Despite the tough loss‚ Castellanos had several positives. His triple in the third inning helped build an early 7-0 lead. Nevertheless‚ the pitching staff smacked him hard on the mound. He gave up three runs and two walks in 5 1/3 innings‚ but the rest of the bullpen allowed zeroes. David Peralta and Carson Kelly each had a defensive gem. Ultimately‚ the loss means that the Diamondbacks will be down by six games. With the win‚ the Atlanta Diamondbacks increased their lead in the National League East to three 1/2 games. In Philadelphia‚ the Phillies dropped their sixth game in eight games and slipped three 1/2 games behind the second-place Atlanta Braves in the National League East. The Dodgers had a three-game series sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates. AJ Pollock and Corey Seager each hit a home run and drove in three runs. Mitch White‚ meanwhile‚ struck out six in seven innings. The Cardinals beat the Reds on Tuesday. Jarred Kelenic and Mitch Haniger each hit two-run homers in the eighth inning. Despite the loss‚ the Mariners remained within two games of the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays. And thanks to Humberto Castellanos‚ they will have another opportunity to make the playoffs.

Framber Valdez struggles with control

The Boston Red Sox weren't ready for Game 5 after Chris Sale pitched his best game of the year through five innings. In game four‚ they blasted three grand slams in eleven innings. The Red Sox offense also didn't prepare for the start of Game 5. During the first three games‚ the Astros' pitchers were serving as Boston's punching bags‚ holding the Red Sox scoreless for fourteen innings. Game 5 started chilly for the Red Sox‚ as Houston's starter Framber Valdez blasted a solo home run. In the second game of the series‚ the Astros didn't get swept by the D-backs. They didn't sweep the D-backs at Chase Field‚ falling 3-2 to them on Wednesday. The Astros also split a series with the Angels‚ and now head to Seattle to play a four-game series. On Tuesday‚ Framber Valdez gave up three runs in three innings‚ walking three batters and giving up two hits. Although he was impressive during the regular season‚ his performance has been inconsistent in the postseason. Houston's bullpen aided the Astros' cause‚ but Framber Valdez was no match for the Astros' pitching staff. The Astros' pitching staff walked nine batters and struck out three while walking four. Framber Valdez's inconsistency continues to hinder the Astros' chances. The D-backs scored early in the second inning‚ but the Astros tallied four runs in the game. Houston's hot bats landed in center field‚ and Altuve led the way with three hits. Chas McCormick was a key contributor. The Astros will begin a three-game series against the Mariners on Thursday.