Astros win a wild 13 inning bout after being down by seven
By Brian Murray
The Astros would never say die after an early seven-run deficit, coming back not once but twice to defeat the Seattle Mariners 11-9 in the 13th inning.
After a Wade Miley meltdown, the Astros found themselves down 5-0 before they would even get to swing a bat. Cy Sneed would give up two more and it’s all of the sudden 7-0 in the second inning. But the Astros would never give up, battling back to win it in extra innings.
Houston just kept eating away at the Mariner’s lead, finally tying the game up in the eighth inning. The game remained tied into the 12th inning when Seattle scored a run to go up by one. But the Astros wouldn’t have anything to do with it and tied it back up in the bottom of the 12th. Finally, Houston would put the game away in walk-off fashion the following inning.
This is the 38th comeback of the season and the largest deficit they have overcome in 25 years. Michael Brantley‘s homer in the bottom of the 13th marks the eighth time the Astros have won a game by means of a walk-off. Houston is 10-3 in extra-inning games this season. They are now one game back behind the Yankees for that coveted home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
"“They had seven runs before our cleanup hitter got to hit for the first time, so you have to stay in the game,” Hinch said. “We just hung in there and kept chipping away and got some big swings and look up and we tied the game.”"
From the third inning on, the bullpen would only allow two more runs in the ensuing 11 innings. They utilized seven relief pitchers to keep themselves in the game with Josh James the last man standing and getting the victory.
Michael Brantley who was the hero of the night with his two-run homer to win it went 2-for-6 with three RBIs. But it was definitely a team effort with eight different players crossing the plate before the night was done.
Kyle Tucker played a significant role getting his first hits of the season including the first home run of his Major League career. But the big hit was his game-tying single in the 12th scoring Myles Straw to keep the Astros in the game.
Josh Reddick also had a productive evening going 3-for-3 scoring three runs including his 11th homer on the season. He seems to be warming up at the plate lately batting .444 and knocking in nine runs in his last nine games.
The same two teams will go at it again tonight with Framber Valdez getting the start. In his seven starts for the Astros this season he is 2-4 with a 7.11 ERA. Houston hopes to keep there eight-game winning streak against the Mariners alive raising there 2019 head-to-head record with Seattle to 14-1.