December 5, 2022

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Houston Astros champ Justin Verlander comes 5 times shy of his fourth career, throttles the Minnesota Twins

Houston Astros champ Justin Verlander comes 5 times shy of his fourth career, throttles the Minnesota Twins

Justin Verlander His team missed his fourth batting by five rounds but still faced a minimum by eight, and the Houston Astros beat the Minnesota Twins 5-0 Tuesday night for their eighth straight win.

Third base man twin Jiu Orchila Allotted to the right field with one in eighth to finish Verlander’s show. The 39-year-old right-hander, in his first season after returning from Tommy John’s surgery, finished eighth with a Royce Lewis Down to earth in a double play.

Verlander was vying for a tie with Sandy Kovacs for second place on the no-hitting list. Nolan Ryan holds the record with seven.

“Unfortunately, I’ve been here a few times before and it has happened,” Verlander said. “I’ve had quite a few heartaches in the ninth inning.” “That I think is just someone you appreciate because it was such a good walk and gave us a chance to win, and we did.”

After only showing once in 2020 and losing the entire 2021 season to an elbow injury, Verlander has been excellent so far in 2022. Tuesday’s start moved him to 4-1 with 1.55 ERA through six games.

“Maybe the game has come out of the underground that makes me appreciate being here, playing with my teammates, putting in so well, all that,” Verlander said.

Tuesday night was Verlander’s eighth unsuccessful career show in seven rounds, which Brandi Johnson ranks him second by any pitcher in the expansion era (since 1961), trailing only Nolan Ryan (23), according to ESPN & stats. Information Research.

Verlander scored five goals and walked two on 89 shots. Blake Taylor The Ninth Monument to Houston.

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Astros manager Dusty Becker said Verlander was on a 90-court max, but added that it may have stretched until Verlander managed eight rounds without injury.

“The guy is a horse,” Becker said. “When he plays, the guys stay alert. He gets the ball fast. He doesn’t mess around on the pile, so you keep your defense sharp when you do that.”

Verlander was perfect through four rounds before letting go Jorge Polanco In the fifth. Ferlander had Urciela take advantage of a double game later to retire Polanco.

The right-hander walked the No. 9 hitter in Minnesota, Gilberto Celestinoin the sixth, but Celestino was later ejected at second base by the catcher Martin Maldonado One of several strong defensive plays supporting Verlander’s performance.

“The non-hitter was kind of getting really deep into the game and he was able to put in a great play, spin and throw the guy in second place trying to get ahead,” Ferlander said of Maldonado. Really, his job is behind the plate. it was amazing.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.