MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Houston1 0 0 2 2 4 2 2 1 14201
Minnesota0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 371
  W: F. Valdez (3-0)   L: M. Pineda (3-4)
11:10 AM PT12:10 PM MT1:10 PM CT2:10 PM ET14:10 ET18:10 GMT2:10 11:10 AM MST1:10 PM EST1:40 PM VEN22:10 UAE12:10 PM CT, June 13, 2021
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 19,147

Behind Framber Valdez, Astros look to take series from Twins

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Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins

  1. The Astros and Twins have not met in the regular season since 2019. The Astros have dropped five of their last six regular-season game at Target Field, though they won twice there to eliminate Minnesota in last year's AL Wild Card round.
  2. The Astros own the majors' best batting average this season at .271, 14 points above the Red Sox in second place. They also currently lead MLB with a .990 fielding percentage.
  3. The Twins have the best stolen base percentage in the AL (86.4%) and have been caught stealing an MLB-low three times all season. Minnesota has never finished a season with a stolen base percentage over 80 percent.
  4. Jose Altuve leads the AL in multi-hit games with 22. His 481 career multi-hit games are 35 more than any other MLB player since 2011, Altuve's first season.
  5. Andrelton Simmons is currently on a seven-game hitting streak, slashing .385/.407/.423 with 10 hits, despite only collecting one run and run RBI over that span.
  6. Jose Urquidy was lights out in the month of May, earning three wins in four starts with a 1.14 ERA and 20 strikeouts. Matt Shoemaker will look to recover from his last outing where he gave up nine runs in only 0.1 IP -- the shortest start of his career.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/11/2021 thru 6/13/2021

Framber Valdez returns to the site of one the biggest wins of his young pitching career on Sunday afternoon when the Houston Astros face the Minnesota Twins in the rubber game of their three-game series in Minneapolis.

Valdez (2-0, 1.47 ERA) was the winning pitcher in Game 1 of the 2020 American League Wild Card Series on Sept. 29 at Target Field when he replaced starter Zack Greinke and threw five innings of shutout relief in a 4-1 victory. The left-hander allowed just two hits and walked two while striking out five.

Valdez is 1-0 with a 1.86 ERA in four career regular-season performances (one start) against Minnesota.

The Twins, who are coming off a 5-2 victory on Saturday night, will counter with right-hander Michael Pineda (3-3, 3.46). Pineda is 3-4 with a 5.06 ERA in nine career starts against the Astros.

Minnesota bounced back from a 6-4 loss on Friday night to even the series behind the standout pitching of Jose Berrios and the continued hot hitting of second baseman Jorge Polanco.

Berrios held the Astros to just three singles over the first six innings and yielded just five hits and two runs -- back-to-back solo homers by Kyle Tucker and Romel Garcia -- over seven innings. He walked one and struck out eight.

"That's one of the best lineups in baseball," Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said. "He attacked them. He got them out in the zone. You have to because they kind of force you to do that. You might get them to expand a little bit here and there, but you're going to have to beat them in the zone, and he did that."

Baldelli said he was impressed with Berrios' command.

"His stuff was good, but he was putting the ball, I think, where he wanted to the whole night," Baldelli said. "He looked very, very comfortable with what he was able to do, and again, we beat a really good team and good lineup because of his effort."

"We were rolling," added catcher Ben Rortvedt, who doubled and scored on Polanco's homer. "It was a lot of fun. I don't think I got shook off a lot. He had a lot of confidence in me, and I love that. He threw everything with conviction."

Polanco went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. He has 14 hits and four homers in June.

"Polo is really, really getting it done for us," Baldelli said. "The at-bats are consistently good."

The win snapped an impressive five-start winning streak by Houston starter Luis Garcia. Garcia, who was 5-0 with a 1.86 ERA in his five previous starts, allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits over 4 1/3 innings.

"He couldn't get his secondary pitches over," Houston manager Dusty Baker said. "He was having trouble locating his breaking ball. A lot of them were in the dirt. His changeup wasn't as effective. After he bounced a couple of those breaking balls to Polanco, he centered one down the heart of the plate and he deposited it in the seats."

Sunday's contest will be final contest of a nine-game road trip for the Astros that began with three outings with the Blue Jays in Buffalo, N.Y., and three games at Boston. Houston is 5-3 on the trip heading into the finale.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 13, 2021

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