Before getting into tonight’s recap, I would like to personally send my deepest condolences to the family of Astros legendary pitcher J. R. Richard, who passed away Thursday. Richard pitched for the Astros from 1971-1980, amassing a record of 107-71, with a career ERA of 3.15 and is considered one of the greatest players ever to wear an Astros uniform.
Framber Valdez came into tonights game sporting a 7-2 record with a 3.01 ERA and a WHIP of 1.30 in 12 starts. Valdez started strong with two strikeouts and a lineout in the first inning, but things started to deteriorate from there, as he allowed 4 runs to score off of 6 hits for the Twins over his 6.2 innings of work, although he did strikeout 7 Twins. The Astros could not keep the Twins from adding on to their lead as Cristian Javier gave up a bunt RBI single to Andrelton Simmons in the 8th.
Offensively, the Astros tried this game a competitive one via the home run in the later innings. Jason Castro hit his third home run of the year, a solo shot in the sixth to cut into the Twins 4-0 lead.
Yordan Alvarez blasted a two home run in the 9th inning to get the Astros within 2 runs, 5-3.