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Reddick Exits With Discomfort, Astros Bullpen Stumbles Vs. Mariners

Josh Reddick left with an achilles injury and Hector Rondon shouldered his fifth loss of the season

September 17, 2018 - 11:00 pm
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Houston (SPORTSRADIO 610) - The Astros had their 15th sellout crowd of the season Monday night at Minute Maid Park which ties for the most in a single year with the 2008 season. Over 43,000 were on hand to watch one swing of the bat by the Mariners change the course of the game, and the Astros lost by a final score of 4-1. Adding inury to insult, Josh Reddick left the game with right ankle discomfort. 

"Reddick came to me between innings and said when he rounded first he felt something in his achilles," Astros Manager A.J. Hinch said.

Hinch also said Josh felt more pain coming from his right achilles after breaking for a ball in the field the next inning. They then approached the medical staff and removed him from the game. Reddick will continue to be evaluated and is listed as day-to-day, and was not available for comment at the end of the night.

Rookie starting pitcher Framber Valdez tossed five shutout innings lowering his earned run average to 2.20, and allowed just two hits. He did continue to struggle with his control walking five though he struck out six, and both numbers are career highs. Valdez was in line for the victory but did not factor into the decision.

Out of the bullpen, Hector Rondon made a mess of the eighth inning. Center fielder Jake Marisnick bailed him out of trouble early with two diving plays, but it would not be enough. Rondon gave up four hits including a grand slam to Daniel Vogelbach that would be the difference in the game.

"There's been a couple outings where some bloops have led to bigger innings, and then when the pitch needs to be made, or you need that last pitch to get out of a mess he's been on the other end of it," Hinch said.

The Mariners bullpen was stifling, which was something all too familiar to the Astros. Edwin Diaz recorded his 56th save of the season, eight of them come against the Astros. Seattle has won five straight games in Houston.