HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — First things first: The Houston Astros dominated the Philadelphia Philles Tuesday night, scoring 10 runs in 17 goals.
Now for the meat of the evening game: The ‘Stros were three outs away from a landmark 2022 season when the team reached the top of the ninth inning without giving up a hit for the rest of the game.
Justin Verlander’s five-and-a-half innings served as the basis for a possible combined no-hit game the night before Wednesday’s regular-season finale.
The video above is from a July 2022 stream discussing the Astros Outlook for the second half.
Hunter Brown, who was called up midseason and calls Verlander one of his heroes, took over from JV and delivered a dominant two-and-a-half innings.
Hector Neris then finished the eighth inning for Brown, grabbed two outs and set up midseason Will Smith to complete the story.
But it was Phillies’ catcher and former Astro, Garrett Stubbs, who made contact on a slider to send a single to right center and quench the fire of a historic outing.
Smith gave up two more hits but still collected the three outs to end a shutout game for Houston.
Verlander, who already has a nine-inning no-hit game with the Astros, made history nonetheless. He moved up to 12th all-time in strikeouts thrown after fanning out 10 Phillies batters.
Houston is already coming off the regular season with a few pitching milestones, including a second combined Yankees no-hitter, two clean innings in one game and the first All-Star Game victory decision for an Astros pitcher.
The Astros and Phillies meet again in Game #162 Wednesday at 3:10 p.m. Houston then awaits the winner of the Seattle-Toronto wild card match before the American League Division Series begins next Tuesday.
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