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.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.
Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.
This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.
With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.