After a Rocky (pun intended) first inning, Astros starter Framber Valdez and the rest of the Astros staff were able to hold the Rockies scoreless. In the meantime, the Astros bats kept constant pressure on the Rox staff, accumulating five runs, with the help of three hits and three RBI by “utility infielder” Aledmys Diaz.
In 12 games since returning from IL, not including today, Diaz is hitting .302, with 11 RBI and a 138 wRC+
The Rockies started the scoring in the first inning and it looked like it was going to be another in a string of recent short outings for Framber Valdez.
He allowed three singles and walk, allowing one run, but managed to limit the damage Framber-like, stranding the bases loaded.
For the next five innings, Valdez allowed no runs, one hit, and three walks. He finished the game with eight strikeouts.
The Astros tied the score in the first with an RBI single scoring Michael Brantley who, like Diaz, had three hits as well.
Diaz knocked in Brantley again in the third, and in the sixth inning rookie Jake Meyers scored on a sac fly by Martin Maldonado. Meyers was originally called out, but review showed he just barely slid around the tag to score his third major league run.
Good hustle kid.
In the seventh inning, the Astros added two more runs on RBI doubles by Carlos Correa and Diaz to complete the scoring.
In what is becoming a pleasant pattern, the Astros bullpen put up three spotless innings behind Ryne Stanek, Kendall Graveman, and Ryan Pressly, respectively.