MLB Game Recap - Houston at Seattle
Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:10 PM EDT

PHI
1
WSH
5
F
PHI
7
WSH
8
F
CHW
3
CLE
5
F(10)
NYY
12
TOR
1
F
MIL
3
CIN
2
F
CHC
2
PIT
3
F
TB
2
NYM
5
F
MIA
1
ATL
11
F
BAL
3
BOS
8
F
DET
4
MIN
5
F(10)
STL
5
KC
0
F
TEX
0
ARI
7
F
LAA
4
SD
2
F
HOU
6
SEA
1
F
OAK
2
LAD
7
F
COL
2
SF
5
F

September 22, 2020 9:10 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Houston (28-27)

1

0

0

0

0

5

0

0

0

6

9

0

Seattle (24-31)

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

6

0

W: Valdez (5-3)

L: Sadler (1-2)

HOU - HR: Brantley (5) , Maldonado (6)

SEA - HR: none

Maldonado, Valdez push Astros past Mariners 6-1
Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:22 AM

SEATTLE (AP) Martin Maldonado hit a three-run home run, Framber Valdez struck out eight to set career highs for wins and strikeouts, and the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 6-1 on Tuesday night to close on their fourth straight playoff berth.

Houston (28-27) is second in the AL West, comfortably ahead of the fourth-place Mariners (24-31) and the third-place Los Angeles Angels (25-31). The defending AL champions have five games left.

Houston has won three of four, scoring more than four runs for just the second time in its last 12 games.

"It's fun when you get some hits," Astros manager Dusty Baker said. "It's not fun when you don't get any hits."

Maldonado's sixth homer, off reliever Brandon Brennan, highlighted a five-run sixth inning that included Michael Brantley's tiebreaking leadoff home run against Casey Sadler (1-2). Sadler threw a pair of wild pitches, including one that scored a run, and walked two.

"Sadler has been so sharp here recently," Seattle manager Scott Servais said. "It just wasn't quite on his game tonight."

Valdez (5-3), a 26-year-old left-hander in his third big league season, allowed one run and five hits in seven innings, and he has 76 strikeouts in 70 2/3 innings this season. He gave up a leadoff single to J.P. Crawford and an RBI double to Kyle Seager in the first, then settled and scattered three hits over his final six innings.

Valdez said he felt like he earned a start if the team makes the playoffs and credited his sports psychologist with sharpening the mental part of his game.

Maldonado, his catcher, said you can see the positive impact.

"I would say the ability to control his emotions" is the most improved part of his game, Maldonado said. "He's always had good stuff, last year, even the year before. He's still the same guy. It seems like he cares more now. It seems like he's developing better. He's not allowing stuff to get into his head."

Kyle Tucker went 4 for 5 for the Astros with a run and an RBI. He has hit safely in eight straight games.

Maldonado said it felt like the team was shaking off its offensive doldrums.

"We know how to win once the playoffs start," he said.

SLUGGING SEAGER

Seager raised his career total to 702 RBIs and joined Edgar Martinez, Ken Griffey Jr. and Jay Buhner as the only Seattle players with 700 or more RBIs.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: CF George Springer returned to the lineup after a day off. Giants manager Dusty Baker gave Springer a day off Monday after saying data being analyzed by the team suggested Springer was at risk for a potential injury if he didn't get a rest. Springer led off the game with a single and went 1 for 5. He has hit safely in 18 of 19 games.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Zack Greinke (3-2, 3.90) takes the mound in the series finale with a 7-1 record against the Mariners.

Mariners: LHP Nick Margevicius (1-3, 5.35) is scheduled to make his seventh start. Seattle is 1-5 behind the 24-year-old rookie this season.

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Pitchers of Record

Houston IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
F. Valdez (W, 5-3) 7 5 1 0 8 1.29 0.714
Seattle IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
C. Sadler (L, 1-2) 1.1 2 4 2 0 27.00 3.000

Batting Leaders

Houston AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
K. Tucker 5 4 1 0 1 0 5 1 4.1
M. Maldonado 3 1 1 1 3 1 4 0 2.1
Seattle AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
K. Seager 4 2 0 0 1 0 3 0 1.5
J. Crawford 4 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 1.0

Team Comparison

HOU SEA
At Bats 36 32
Hits 9 6
Batting Average .250 .188
On Base Percentage .357 .212
Slugging Percentage 0.444 0.219
Doubles 1 1
Triples 0 0
Home Runs 2 0
Total Bases 16 7
Walks 5 0
Strikeouts 5 11
Stolen Bases 2 0
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 9 5
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 2/9 1/6
Double Plays Fielded 3 0
Errors 0 0

2020 Regular Season - HOU Leads Series 7-2

Date Result Winner Loser
Fri Jul 24 SEA 2 @ HOU 8 J. Verlander M. Gonzales
Sat Jul 25 SEA 2 @ HOU 7 L. McCullers Jr. T. Walker
Sun Jul 26 SEA 7 @ HOU 6 D. Altavilla C. Devenski
Mon Jul 27 SEA 5 @ HOU 8 B. Bielak K. Graveman
Fri Aug 14 SEA 1 @ HOU 11 F. Valdez N. Cortes
Sat Aug 15 SEA 1 @ HOU 2 C. Javier N. Margevicius
Sun Aug 16 SEA 2 @ HOU 3 R. Pressly E. Swanson
Mon Sep 21 HOU 1 @ SEA 6 M. Gonzales L. McCullers Jr.
Tue Sep 22 HOU 6 @ SEA 1 F. Valdez C. Sadler

Game Information

Stadium: T-Mobile Park, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 0
Game Time: 3:06
Weather: 70F, Cloudy
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?