Jake Meyers is doing some great stuff in his first year in the big leagues. On Monday night against the Mariners, the 25-year-old outfielder had another remarkable contest as he drove in the go-ahead run for the Astros, who came on top 4-3 vs Seattle and got their eighth win in their last 11 games.
Houston scored early in the game off righty Chris Flexen with a single from Yordan Álvarez’s bat and a sac fly by Kyle Tucker in the first inning (2-0). Those two runs serve the table for starter Luis García, who delivered another strong start for the team.
García only had one mistake throughout the game. In the second inning, he surrendered a solo home run to José Marmolejos (2-1), but that was it. With a wonderful changeup and 11 swings and misses, the young Venezuelan pitched a solid effort and threw five innings of five hits, two earned runs, two walks, and six strikeouts.
In his last five outings, the Astros’ right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.27 ERA across 27 2/3 episodes with 29 punchouts.
García got in trouble in the sixth frame. He opened the inning walking Kyle Seager and allowing a single to Ty France. Immediately, Dusty Baker came out and brought in Brooks Raley with no outs. Raley began his night getting a double-play grounder from former Astro Abraham Toro, right before being smashed by Dylan Moore for a 2-run go-ahead homer with a runner at first. Out of nowhere, the Astros were down by one (3-2) in the bottom sixth.
But the Astros had one more chance and they took every little piece of advantage of it. It all started with Yuli Gurriel’s single (advanced to second on an error) after six pitches in the top eighth. Kyle Tucker hit a single and drove in Yuli with the tying run and, then, he stole second to set up the stage for Meyers against also former Astro Joe Smith.
In a big-league at-bat, Meyers —who was 10 years old when Smith made his MLB debut— fell to 0-2 very quickly, but he saw five more pitches until he hit a hard single to left field that brought in the go-ahead run to make it 4-3. It was Meyers’ fifth consecutive game with at least one hit. He’s hitting for a .373 average in his last 13 games.
After García and Raley, Phil Maton (who got the win and is now 4-0) threw a scoreless seventh, Ryne Stanek struck out the side in order, and Ryan Pressly got his 22nd save of the season with 15 pitches.
Both teams will come back on Tuesday at 9:10 pm CT for the second game of the three-contest series. Lance McCullers is slated to pitch for Houston while Yusei Kikuchi will do the same for Seattle.