The Houston Astros earned a convincing Opening Day victory against the Los Angeles Angels, with a 3-1 score.
The game, which took place on Thursday night, featured a pitching gem by Astros’ starter Framber Valdez, who twirled 6.2 scoreless innings with two hits, one walk, and six strikeouts.
Perhaps more impressive is the fact that Valdez got 11 outs on the ground and none in the air.
The win against the Angels is a good way of reminding us who is the American League West champion and the junior circuit’s representative in the last World Series.
However, another cool fact about last night’s result is that it extends an impressive streak of Opening Day wins for the competitive Astros.
“The Astros have won 10 straight Opening Day games, tied for the longest streak in history with the 1887-96 Boston Beaneaters,” MLB writer Sarah Langs tweeted, quoting Elias Sports as the source.
The Astros have won 10 straight Opening Day games, tied for the longest streak in history with the 1887-96 Boston Beaneaters
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) April 8, 2022
The Astros Just Achieved Something Unseen In More Than 120 Years
It’s quite impressive that Houston just achieved something we hadn’t seen since the 19th century, from a team that doesn’t exist under that name.
Winning ten straight Opening Day matchups is really something, definitely harder than it sounds.
It means they have started on the right foot in the last ten years.
Of course, the season is so long that one game out of 162 seems almost meaningless, but it’s impressive nonetheless.
Ryan Pressly earned his first save of the year, and Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez, two of the most feared sluggers on the Astros’ roster, each hit a home run last night, both after Shohei Ohtani left the mound, against Ryan Tepera.
The Astros will be competing with the Angels and the Seattle Mariners all season for the AL West top spot.