Astros Winning Streak Continues to four games as Framber’s,Bullpen Shines

With a thin bullpen, Framber’s outstanding performance pushes the Astros’winning streak to four games.

Houston The Astros manager Joe Espada issued a grave warning over the condition of his bullpen a few hours prior to Wednesday’s game against Oakland.

He declared, “We are very limited.”

That meant that Framber Valdez, a lefty starter, had the responsibility—and possibly some pressure—of working late into the night to salvage Houston’s struggling bullpen. After Tuesday’s starter, Ronel Blanco, was removed before the fourth inning due to a sticky material in his glove, Houston employed five relievers to cover seven innings.
The Astros defeated the A’s 3-0 at Minute Maid Park thanks in large part to reliever Seth Martinez and starter Valdez’s seven spotless innings combined to pitch a two-hit shutout. This was the Astros’ fourth consecutive win of the season.

“Just what we required,” Espada remarked. “That was a really powerful performance. Framber was the one that got us really involved in the game, and we needed it. It was a truly excellent work.

The resurgent Astros tied the A’s for first place in the American League West standings going into Thursday’s series finale after winning six of their last seven games.

Valdez produced 11 groundball outs, including a 4-6-3 double play in the third inning, and one flyout while primarily relying on his sinker and curveball. J.D. Davis’ dribbler in the fourth and Shea Langeliers’ two-out single in the eighth were the only two hits he gave up.
The manager of the A’s said, “He had his best stuff tonight — changeup, slider, curveball.”

Valdez recorded three strikeouts and three groundouts to shortstop in retiring the first six batters he faced, indicating that he was at the top of his game on a night the Astros really needed it.

“We discussed with him the importance of getting deep into the game early on,” Espada remarked. “‘You must step up.'” He is aware of our bullpen’s state entering into this match. He performed incredibly well.”

What was the Astros bullpen’s tax burden? Nearer Josh Hader made thirty pitches. Tuesday, man of setup In addition to Tayler Scott (46 pitches), Rafael Montero (39 pitches), and Bryan Abreu (24 pitches), who had all worked two days in a row, Ryan Pressly (33 pitches) had worked the previous two games. Abreu in short

“When I know I have to get deep into a game, some things need to change and adjust, but my mentality usually stays the same,” Valdez said. “To pitch deep into games, I believe it’s because I have to put my sinker in the strike zone and try to avoid dangerous counts for hitters.”

After two swift groundouts to begin the seventh, a single and a walk killed Valdez’s hopes of advancing to the eighth. Martinez got ground ball double plays to close the eighth and ninth innings, capping the shutout. Houston’s total was two flyouts, nine strikeouts, and fourteen groundouts.

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