Astros Walk It Off On Brantley's Home Run In 13th

Astros claw back after forgettable start, top M's 11-9 in extra's

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September 06, 2019 - 12:29 am

Following a miserable first inning, in which Astros starter Wade Miley failed to record an out, surrendered 5 earned runs in the first, helping put the Astros in a 7-1 hole entering the third inning, the Astros (91-50) clawed their way all the way back to tie the game at eight-runs apiece late and topped the M's 11-9 on Michael Brantley's 20th home run of the season in the bottom of the 13th. 

For Brantley, it was his third career walk-off home run, and first since the 2014 season. 

The Mariners (58-93), in for a four-game series continued their three-team, 10-game road trip Thursday night, and wasted no time clogging up the base paths.

Mariners utility man and leadoff batter Dylan Moore lined a double to centerfield for the first hit of the game. Dee Gordon followed with a single to shallow centerfield, putting runners on first and third with nobody out in the first. Gordon stole second, without a throw as Astros catcher Robinson Chirinos couldn't handle the transfer. Austin Nola promptly lined a double to the left field corner, plating the M's first two runs and handing the Astros an early 2-0 deficit. 

Continuing to struggle early on, without having recorded an out, Miley fell behind the hot hitting Kyle Seager 3-0, but came back to draw the count full. Seager, hitting .331 since July 22, drilled the 10th pitch of the at bat, a 3-2 cutter from Miley over the right-centerfield wall and into the Astros bullpen, giving the M's a 4-0 lead. 

With that home run, Seager continued to pad his lead for the most home runs by a visiting player at Minute Maid Park, with his 13th in the M's first inning (Angels slugger Mike Trout has 11). Seager's homer also gave him 20 for the season, making him just the fourth Mariner in club history with at least eight seasons of 20 or more home runs. 

Meanwhile, the M's continued the rally. Two pitches later, Tom Murphy singled to left before Daniel Vogelbach worked a seven-pitch walk, prompting a quick end to Miley's night. 

Failing to record an out Thursday night, the 31-pitch outing in which Miley surrendered 5 hits, 5 earned runs and the homer to Seager, easily went down as the worst start of the 2019 season and of his MLB career. Miley had been terrific at Minute Maid this season, carrying a 7-1 mark with a 2.22 ERA in 12 starts into Thursday night's opener against the Mariners. 

Cy Sneed replaced Miley in the first. After getting a quick first out of the inning, Jake Fraley's infield single to short, plated Murphy, giving the Mariners a very comfortable 5-0 lead. Sneed struck out the next two batters to finally escape a disaterous opening frame for the Astros. 

The M's kept the bats hot into the second as well. Following a leadoff single from Gordon, Nola yanked a 94-mph heater from Sneed onto the train tracks to make it a 7-0 advantage for the M's. 

For any high-powered offense, 7-runs is a lot to overcome, but the Astros are better-suited than most to overcome such an early deficit (37 come-from-behind wins entering Thursday's game) with as hot as their bats can get. 

Following a leadoff single from Yordan Alvarez, Yuli Gurriel doubled to deep right, putting runners on second and third with no outs in the second inning. 

Alvarez came into score on a wild-pitch from M's starter, Marco Gonzalez during Aledmys Diaz's at bat, that also moved Gurriel to third, as the Astros began to try and cut into the deficit, down 7-1. 

The Astros sliced into the deficit once again in the bottom of the third, thanks to a two-run double from Alex Bregman which made it a 7-3 ballgame. 

Jose Urquidy came on in releif of Sneed in the fourth and kept the Astros within striking distance tossing a clean fourth, fifth and sixth inning. 

The Astros again, keeping the bases busy much of the night, watched Kyle Tucker send Gonzales' first pitch in the bottom of the sixth to the seats in right-field. That was Tuckers first career homerun, and an important one at that, cutting further into the M's lead, making it a 7-4 ballgame. Following a pop=out to third by Chirinos, Reddick picked up his third hit of the night, driving a no-doubter into the seats in right-field making it a 7-5 ballgame. 

That ended the night for Marco Gonzales and stirred up the crowd at Minute Maid, as the Astros continued to claw their way back from a nightmare of a first inning. 

Austin Adams came on in relief of Gonzales in the sixth and stymied the rest of the rally for the Astros in the frame. 

With Urquidy still on the mound for the Astros in the seventh, the M's tacked on another run with a one-out solo homer from Nola to again take a three-run lead at 8-5. 

Folowing a perfect eigth from releiver Joe Biagini, the Astros began to chip away again as Chirinos started the traffic on the bases, getting hit by a pitch with one out in the eigth. 

Reddick worked a seven-pitch walk to get on base for the fourth time Thursday night. Following a pitching change for the M's, Anthony Bass came on to pitch to Altuve with runners on second and third with one-out in the bottom of the eigth. 

Altuve smoked a triple to the gap in right-centerfield to score both Chirinos and Reddick, cutting the deficit down to 8-7. Michael Brantley lofted one to left, deep enough for Altuve to tag up on the catch by Keon Broxton, who made a strong throw into home, but not in time as Altuve slid in feet-first ahead of the tag, tying the ballgame at 8-8. 

Joe Smith came on to pitch the ninth inning for the Astros. Moore singled to center on the first pitch he saw from Smith, before he got Gordon to wave at a sinker at least a foot out of the zone for the first out of the inning. Moore wasted now time stealing second base two pitches later as Smith reached an 0-2 count on Nola, who grounded out weakly to Gurriel at first, moving Moore to third with two-outs. 

Astros manager AJ Hinch called on closer Roberto Osuna to finish the inning and face Seager, who entered the game 1-8 against Osuna with three strikeouts for his career. Osuna escaped the trouble started by Moore, getting Seager to whiff on an 83-mph changeup low and away to end the top half of the ninth. 

Mariners releiver, Dan Altavilla struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to send it to extra-innings. 

Osuna stayed on to pitch the tenth-inning for the Astros. A rarity on Thursday night, Osuna delivered a relatively clean and drama-free frame after a one-out walk to Vogelbach. 

The Astros went down quietly in the tenth. 

Hector Rondon worked a seamless eleventh, setting the M's down in order. Mariners releiver Zac Grotz did the same to the Astros in the bottom of the frame. 

Josh James started the twelfth-inning for the Astros. After getting the pesky Nola to strike out swinging for the first-out, James surrendered the go-ahead home run to Seager, his second of the game on a 97-mph fastball over the inner-half of the plate to give thr M's a 9-8 lead. 

Grotz, stayed on to pitch the bottom of the twelfth for the M's, walked Gurriel before getting Diaz to groundout to first base for the second out of the inning. 

Astros youngster, Kyle Tucker, who homered in the sixth, quickly fell behind in the count 0-2 before lacing an 82-mph splitter to right field, scoring Myles Straw from second (pinch-ran for Gurriel) to tie the ballgame at 9-runs apiece. 

James stayed in to pitch the thirteenth for the Astros and struck out the side on 14-pitches, finishing with five-punchouts in his 2-innings of work. 

Jake Marisnick led off the bottom of the frame working a seven-pitch walk. Altuve, looking for revenge after a rough at bat in the eleventh, struck out for swinging for the first out. Michael Brantley swung at the first pitch he saw from M's releiver Matt Wisler, a 92-mph fastball down the middle and drove it 409-feet to right-center field to give the Astros the 11-9 victory in a marathon of a game tha lasted 4 hours and 40 minutes. 




Walk off

Astros OF Michael Brantley hit his third career walk-off home run and his first since 2014. Brantley's 13th inning homer was also his 20th of the season, tying his career high also set in 2014. 

Keep'em coming:

Astros IF Alex Bregman extended his on-base streak to 28-games with a 2-run double in the third. 

Astros OF Kyle Tucker hit the first home run of his big-league career in the sixth-inning. Tucker, called up Monday, spent the entire season in Round Rock, becoming just the 5th player in Pacific Coast League history to compile a 30-homer, 30-steal season, joining Joc Pederson-2014, Frank Demaree-1934, Lefty O'Doul-1927 and Tony Lazerri-1925. 

Astros 2B Jose Altuve went 2x6 with a triple, 2RBI and 2 runs scored. Altuve leads the AL in hits (72) since the All-Star break. 


Astros P Wade Miley's outing Thursday, was the shortest of his MLB career. Miley lasted only one-third of an inning in his 2nd start in 2018 for the Brewers (vs. Cleveland) in which he suffered a strained right oblique (oddly enough, he was injured while pitching to former Indians OF Michael Brantley) which cost him more than 2-months on the DL. 

C'mon back

Astros recalled utility man Myles Straw from Triple A Round Rock ahead of Thursday's game, giving them 30 players on the active roster. 

Up next: Friday - Astros LHP Framber Valdez vs. Mariners TBA Opener + Tommy Milone at 7:10pm CT