Ryan Pressly had no interest in waiting to see if the Astros would get the help they needed to clinch the last spot in the expanded American League playoffs after the Houston reliever couldn’t finish it himself when he was a strike away. The Los Angeles Dodgers pitched in anyway by beating the Angels to give Houston a franchise-record fourth straight trip to the postseason, and a shot at redemption after the offseason sign-stealing scandal that tarnished a 2017 World Series championship. Joey Gallo’s run-scoring fielder’s choice in the 10th inning completed a 5-4 victory for Texas as the Rangers rallied from a run down in each of the last two innings Friday night, starting with Ronald Guzman’s two-out, two-strike solo homer off Pressly in the ninth.
Posted: September 26, 2020, 5:59 am
Derek Dietrich grounds out to shallow infield, Jose Urquidy to Yuli Gurriel. run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 left on. Rangers 1, Astros 0.
Posted: September 26, 2020, 5:48 am
The Angels’ win on Friday allows the Astros to use the final two games in Texas to align their starting pitchers for the wild card series. Zack Greinke is likely to start Game 1 on Tuesday, but manager Dusty Baker has a choice among José Urquidy, Framber Valdez and Lance McCullers Jr. for Games 2 and 3. All will be on a full complement of rest.
Posted: September 26, 2020, 5:24 am
Woodward said Hernandez might be the No. bright spot, considering the journey Hernandez has taken the past two seasons. Hernandez was a hot-shot starter who ran into trouble at Double A Frisco in 2018 and was moved to the bullpen in 2019.
Posted: September 26, 2020, 4:54 am
Joey Gallo kept the Houston Astros from clinching the last playoff spot in the AL playoffs at least temporarily, driving home the winning run on a fielder’s-choice grounder in the 10th inning for a 5-4 Texas Rangers win Friday night. The Astros were a strike away from going to the postseason for a franchise-best fourth straight year when Ronald Guzman hit a tying homer in the bottom of the ninth off Ryan Pressly. Now Houston has to wait to see if the Los Angeles Angels lose at the Dodgers.
Posted: September 26, 2020, 3:50 am
The Toronto Blue Jays punched their ticket back to the postseason, while the Houston Astros took another step towards the playoffs.
Posted: September 25, 2020, 6:25 am
In what was supposed to be a rebuilding season the Seattle Mariners will go into the final weekend with an outside shot at the postseason. Nick Margevicius tossed six shutout innings, France drove in a pair of runs and the Mariners kept their slim postseason hopes alive with a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday. Seattle closed out the home portion of its schedule taking two of three from the Astros and enter the final weekend three back of Houston with four games to play for second place in the AL West.
Posted: September 24, 2020, 2:55 am
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). Houston has won three of four, scoring more than four runs for just the second time in its last 12 games.
Posted: September 23, 2020, 5:22 am
The Baylor-Houston game was canceled less than 24 hours before kick off last week due to the coronavirus.
Posted: September 23, 2020, 3:40 am