Today, June 9th, 2019, is officially Yordan Alvarez Day. It seemed impossible for the 21-year old to live up to all the absurd hype, but that he did.
Mike Trout played in 14 games before hitting a home run. Bryce Harper played 15 games before his first dinger. Astros sluggers George Springer and Alex Bregman each played 20 games before they hit their first home runs. All of the above were first found draft picks.
Yordan Alvarez hit his first Big League home run on his second at bat. Before him, for 3.2 innings, none of his teammates managed even a hit against Orioles starter Dylan Bundy until fellow Cuban Yuli Gurriel finally broke the no-hitter hitting right in front of Alvarez. Then Alvarez unloaded a 413 foot bomb to the opposite field right in front of the Conoco home run pump in left center field. He didn’t even seem to be swinging very hard. Here’s the smash.
There’s really not much else to say about this game. A couple of insurance runs came later, and it was a shutout. Ok, shutouts are good. I’ll talk about the shutout.
Wade Miley pitched six shutout innings, allowing six hits, two walks, and continuing his strikeout ways with five K’s. But Miley needs to donate part of today’s salary to Ryan Pressly, who inherited from Miley a bases loaded, no out situation in the seventh inning, and got a ground out and two short fly balls to preserve the shutout. Hector Rondon, Josh James, and Roberto Osuna completed the shutout to give the Astros a 4-0 win over the Orioles and another series victory.
Alvarez has come just in time, as the Astros bats have gone into deep slumber. Today they only managed five hits, yesterday four singles, and in eleven innings on Friday just six hits. You knew they would eventually come to miss Springer, Correa, Altuve.
But today, baseball was put on notice: There’s a new slugger in the league, and he wears Astros Orange.
Box score and videos HERE