Houston competed against the National League’s first seed, Los Angeles Dodgers in a two game series. One was won 7-5 and one 8-1 loss.
Framer Valdez kicked off the game and threw five complete innings. During his time of work, he accumulated five hits, runs and seven strikeouts.
Houston had a lead off home run by outfielder George Springer to give a 1-0 lead. However, the Dodgers responded with three runs in the second inning.
The Astros trailed 5-1 until the eight and ninth inning. The eighth racked up one, while the ninth saw five answered runs.
The offensive explosion gave Houston what they needed heading into the bottom of the ninth.
Game two was not as pretty for Houston. Zack Greinke threw five innings with eight hits, five earned runs and just three strikeouts.
The only run scored was in the sixth, while the Dodgers scored in the first, fifth and eighth.
So far, the Astros look like they will make the playoffs with just 13 games of regular season left. They need to continue to hold off Seattle.
Injury updates include Yuli Gurriel and Aledmys Diaz that could be back as early as Tuesday, according to Houston Astros. Diaz suffered a re-aggravated hamstring and Gurriel experienced pain after sliding into second against Los Angeles.
Kyle Tucker is out because he has been struggling since Oakland. Not sure what happens behind closed doors, but a great way to come back from a slump is to continue. Previously, he made history for the Astros during a game versus the Colorado Rockies. He has been in a rut but with playoffs around the corner, Houston could use a wildcard in their lineup.
Lastly, right handed pitcher Justin Verlander was heard to not miss the whole season. There are only 13 games left of regular season and last week was his first bullpen. The Astros need a well seasoned and consistent pitcher to get another World Series win or long run in the playoffs.