HOUSTON – When the fifth inning ended on Tuesday night, Justin Verlander had only four punchouts and knew that his double-digit punchout series was coming to an end. The Astros had jumped on the Rays to gain a run of nine runs on the return of Charlie Morton to the minute Maid Park
just four punchouts and knew his double-digit punchout series was coming to an end. The Astros had jumped on the jets to get a nine run lead on the return of Charlie Morton to Minute Maid Park, and Verlander's goal was to secure sixth place unharmed.
Verlander started his 28th season opener An Astros record of seven games in a row with at least ten playoffs was dropped by referee Pat Hoberg in the sixth inning of the 1
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"I did not really believe it was justified," said Verlander. "As a referee, I think Pat needs to understand that this is an emotional game, and sometimes, when things are not going that way, you let the referee know, I thought I had made it as respectful as possible, where my feelings As the song developed, I told him I thought it was a strike, and he told me it was a ball. It went back and forth a bit, and I turned and said again, I had not thought that it is outside.
"I could probably have had a better language than I said, but in my story I think with referees I turn the back on the situation, I try only to vent at this point I have never called him a name, I have never said anything monstrous to him, I have just expressed my displeasure at the call on the pitch, and unfortunately he has made the decision to direct me.
thought Verlander, Pham on a 2: to have beaten two-game, but it said Pham ball hit the next field the right of midfield, and a frustrated Verländer expressed his displeasure.. He was ejected with his back to Hoberg. Brad Peacock took over.
"I think [Hoberg] had [Verlander] speak, and then he went a little farther than he wanted to let him, and he does not have to let him go any further." Astros manager AJ Hinch said. "After all, it is a disagreement between JV and the referee, and the referee has the right to do so if he feels he has crossed the line, I will always go out there and support JV, but that's what it is is. "
Verlander said it was a bit overreacted on both sides, but he did not try to be an antagonist.
" I tried to do my best not to show these guys, "he said "I know they have a very heavy job, but he had [Jose] rang at a very similar place at the beginning of the game."
Verlander (16-5) was in business, holding the jets at four He scored in 5 1/3 scoreless innings, beating the side in the second inning, but would only get a punchout after being the first pitcher to have scored seven games in a row with at least 10 eliminations since Chris Sale played eight games in 2017
"We w said that we had our hands full today, "said Ray's manager Kevin Cash.
Verlander has A 2.04 ERA in his last nine starts has not had a blow in 24 innings. He has won at least 16 games in nine seasons, which is the highest among active pitchers and the eleventh fastest in the expansion era.
"I expected a pitcher duel," said Verlander. "I know that Charlie was excellent this year and I have to pay tribute to our boys, who gave him some great bats all day, tried hard to get some places and did not miss it when they did. This was the last thing I expected with Charlie on the hill. "
Before the game, the Astros played a tribute video for Morton and ended Morton recording the finals of the 2017 World Series, starting it for six runs and hit seven goals in four innings.
"Obviously we have a lot of background knowledge with him as teammates, and we knew a bit about how he would throw," Hinch said. "He threw things a bit differently than we did I think we had challenged him early, I think we stayed with him, we had some big hits … We just got him further pressured, with really good bats.
Yuli Gurriel scored a two-stroke double and Robinson Chirinos added a two-stroke homer and a rookie in the fourth Slugger Yordan Alvarez hit the first of his two homers, a two-round shot, in fifth. Houston scored five goals in the sixth game and went 14-0 in the lead.
Alvarez was the second player in history to record four multi-homer games in his first 60 career games. His 40 extra base hits in 60 games rank second after Joe DiMaggio (46 extra base hits in 1936), and he's a homer away from tying Carlos Correa's team rookie record of 22 bit talked about it, and it would be nice, but I'm just trying to do my job.
Brian McTaggart has been responsible for the Astros since 2004 and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.