Valdez bests Ohtani, Astros top Angels 3-1 for opener record

Framber Valdez outpitched Shohei Ohtani with 6 2/3 innings of two-hit ball, and the Houston Astros tied the longest opening day successful streak in main league historical past with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday evening.

Alex Bregman had an early RBI single and a late homer because the Astros received their tenth straight season opener. That matches the mark posted within the late nineteenth century by the Boston Beaneaters — now the Atlanta Braves.

Valdez (1-0) was dominant within the late-blooming left-hander’s first profession begin in April, placing out six and yielding one early stroll. He retired 15 straight Angels after Matt Duffy’s single within the second, and exited solely after Duffy’s delicate infield single within the seventh.

Ohtani (0-1) struck out 9 whereas pitching one-run ball into the fifth inning for the Angels, who misplaced their season opener for the eighth time in 9 years. Final season’s AL MVP went 0 for 4 on the plate whereas profiting from baseball’s offseason rule change permitting him to stay the designated hitter after he finishes pitching.

Michael Brantley doubled and scored on Bregman’s single off Ohtani within the third. Bregman then homered main off the eighth on new reliever Ryan Tepera’s first pitch for the Angels, and Yordan Alvarez added a solo shot on Tepera’s fourth pitch.

Los Angeles lastly scored within the eighth when Alvarez couldn’t make a diving stab of David Fletcher’s two-out triple to left, however Hector Neris retired Ohtani on a fly to proper.

Ohtani didn’t win, however he made extra baseball historical past: He turned the primary participant in baseball historical past to throw his workforce’s first pitch of the season — a 99 mph fastball within the filth to José Altuve — and to face his workforce’s first pitch of the season on the plate.

Ohtani was spectacular in his first profession opening day begin on the mound, significantly towards Altuve: Ohtani struck out the Astros star 3 times, getting him with a nasty slider on his eightieth and last pitch. Ohtani turned solely the fourth pitcher to fan Altuve thrice in a sport, however supervisor Joe Maddon pulled Ohtani early to protect his arm after an abbreviated spring.

Mike Trout went 1 for 4 with a ninth-inning single within the three-time AL MVP’s first sport since lacking the ultimate 4 1/2 months of final season with an injured calf.

Anthony Rendon went 0 for 4 and made two stellar defensive performs within the $245 million third baseman’s first look since final July 4, because of a nasty hip damage. He missed a go-ahead homer by inches down the left area line within the seventh, and he flied out with Trout on base within the ninth.

Ryan Pressly then obtained Tyler Wade to floor right into a game-ending double play, incomes the save a number of hours after the Houston nearer agreed to a two-year, $30 million contract extension.

Jeremy Peña went 0 for 4 within the touted prospect’s main league debut as Carlos Correa’s successor at shortstop, however the Astros confirmed off their elementary roster sturdiness whereas extending their exceptional run of opening day success.

The streak was began in 2013 by an Astros workforce that went on to lose 111 video games, and it continued via the franchise’s rise and present renaissance of 5 straight AL Championship Sequence appearances, three pennants and one World Sequence title.


Los Angeles put OF Taylor Ward on the 10-day injured listing with a left groin pressure incurred throughout an exhibition sport Tuesday. Ward would have been the opening day starter in proper area.


Angels rookie left-hander Reid Detmers makes his season debut towards Houston right-hander Jake Odorizzi. Detmers, essentially the most promising pitcher but in Los Angeles’ string of prospects from its long-struggling farm system, is swapping rotation spots with Patrick Sandoval, who will pitch Tuesday after resting his drained arm.


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