Bundy Held Astros to Two Runs and Peterson Homers Off of Wade Miley

Alberto goes 3-for-4 and contributes to O's defense

BALTIMORE -- Astros came in for a weekend series against the Orioles Friday night.  Third baseman Hanser Alberto made several key plays on defense and went 3-for-4 on offense.  Also worth noting, the only home runs that were hit, were by Orioles.    

LHP Wade Miley is back in Baltimore for the first time since he was a part of the organization.  Last time the Orioles saw Miley was June 9 in Houston in a 4-0 loss against the Astros. Miley held the Birds to six hits, two walks, and five strikeouts through six innings in that game.  

Miley has held left hand batters to a .176 batting average.  Alberto is batting .401 against left handed pitchers and went 3-for-3 against Miley with a double, single, followed by another single.  This season against the Astros, Alberto has a batting average of .357.     

Astros scored first on a RBI double by Michael Brantley, followed by a RBI single by Yordan Alvarez.  Leadoff batter, Alberto doubled and reached third on a ground out by Trey Mancini. Alberto was stranded after a ground out by Anthony Santander and a fly out to right field.  

Bundy may have given up two runs in the first but he held two runners in the second and one in the third.  He also had two back-to-back short innings.  He had a 10 pitch fourth inning, followed by an 8 pitch 5th inning. 

Alberto missed a play in the second inning when Robinson Chirinos grounder skipped over his glove to right field.  Alberto made key plays after, though.   The last out of the third inning, Alberto bobbled Correa's grounder but made the out at first.  The fourth inning, he helped Bundy getting two outs.  Alberto had to slide, yet again, for Chirinos grounder making the play at first.  As Josh Reddick came up to bat, Richie Martin played short stop and third baseman, Alberto played on the first base side of second base.   Josh Reddick grounded into the shift as Alberto reached for the ball and to make the play at first base.  Alberto, yet again brought the defense in the fifth inning.  He stopped the grounder by Jose Altuve with his glove, and made a quick throw to Mancini at first and recorded the second out.  

The Orioles were runless until the fifth inning, when Jace Peterson hit his second home run this season.  Peterson hit his first on Tuesday August 6th, in the 9-6 loss against the Yankees. Last time he homered off a left handed pitcher was July 15, 2017 against the Diamondbacks while with the Braves.   

Astros reliever Will Harris came in to face Pedro Severino in the sixth inning to try and get the last out.  It was an easy out for Harris as Villar was caught stealing second.  He attempted the steal on a 3-2 pitch, but was about 1/2 second late, as Altuve caught his left foot during his slide.       

Shawn Armstrong was summoned to the mound in the seventh inning.  A single by Chirinos put the Astros on base, but was followed by retiring two batters, Reddick, and Springer.  Altuve, who singled in his first AB, recorded a RBI triple.  Astros were up by one more run, and Armstrong was done with 18 pitches. Left-handed pitcher Paul Fry came in to face lefty Brantley and retired him on a swinging strike.  

Joe Smith was the third pitcher to face the Orioles.  He struck out Pedro Severino, but Wilkerson cut the lead by a home run. Smith retired Peterson and Davis, who pinch hit for Martin.  Davis then took the field at first base for the eighth inning.  Two fly outs to left field by the Astros and Miguel Castro was called for the last out, striking out Correa.    

Astros called Ryan Pressley to the mound for the eighth inning.  Alberto's lined out to left field, recording his first out of the game.  Pressley put two players on base, with a walk by Mancini and a single by Santander, his first time reaching base Friday night.  Two K's later by Nunez and Villar ended the inning and a possibility for Baltimore to take the lead.   

Castro stayed through for the last inning.  He retired Gurriel but Chirinos reached first base on a single, and he walked Reddick. A 6-4-3 double play ended the inning and left the Orioles up to try and get a win only being down by a run.  Roberto Osuno was the Astros’ closing pitcher, retiring Severino and Wilkerson.  Peterson, who went yard at his last time at the plate reached base on a single.  Cheers filled the stadium as Chris Davis was up to bat with Peterson on first and one out left in the inning.  On a 2-0 count, Davis lined out to Altuve, and the Orioles fell to the Astros 3-2.  

Bundy get the loss and is now 5-12, while former Oriole Miley gets the win and improves to 11-4.  Alberto is now batting .413 against left handed pitchers, the second highest in the MLB. Orioles take on the Astros again tomorrow night with Asher Wojciechowski on the mound.