Astros DH Evan Gattis homered twice on Sunday, including a game-deciding solo home run in the eighth inning, to help the Astros defeat the Mariners and extend their winning streak to 10 games.
Gattis’ first homer came in the first inning off of J.A. Happ, a three-run shut to stake the Astros to an early lead. The Astros led 6-2 after six innings, but starter Roberto Hernandez tired in the seventh allowing the first three batters to reach base before giving way to reliever Tony Sipp. Sipp allowed four runs to score, helping the Mariners tie the game at 6-6.
Here’s the line drive Gattis hit into the Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park to send the Astros to victory:
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The 18-7 Astros are currently 6.5 games ahead of the Angels, who are losing to the Giants at the moment. They’re eight games ahead of the third-place Mariners and eight games ahead of the Athletics, who are winning at the moment.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed it in March and he confirmed it again on Tuesday: Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day, Jorge Castillo of The Los Angeles Times reports.
The Dodgers are one of four teams that will open the 60-game regular season schedule on July 23; everyone else begins play on the 24th. With a 10 PM ET start, the Dodgers will host the Giants at Dodger Stadium.
Johnny Cueto will likely pitch opposite Kershaw for the Giants. Cueto was named the Giants’ Opening Day starter on March 11, before the league shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Manager Gabe Kapler hasn’t yet officially named an Opening Day starter for the makeshift season.
Kershaw, 32, made the Opening Day start eight consecutive times for the Dodgers from 2011-18. Hyun-Jin Ryu, now a Blue Jay, pitched on Opening Day last season for the Dodgers. Last year, Kershaw logged 178 1/3 innings over 28 starts and one relief appearance, his highest innings total since 2015. He went 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA, 189 strikeouts, and 41 walks.