Astros' Blanco Shatters MLB Record Amidst Team's Rocky Start

April 9, 2024
Astros' Blanco Shatters MLB Record Amidst Team's Rocky Start
  • Ronel Blanco of the Houston Astros has had an exceptional start to the 2024 MLB season, including pitching a no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays.

  • Blanco nearly replicated his no-hit feat in his second start, maintaining a no-hitter into the sixth inning versus the Texas Rangers.

  • He continued to dominate by pitching six scoreless innings against the Rangers on April 7, 2024, contributing to a 3-1 Astros victory, backed by Yordan Alvarez's three-run homer.

  • Despite the Astros' slow team start, matching their worst since 2011 with a 3-7 record, Blanco has excelled, allowing only one hit and no earned runs in his first 15 innings.

  • Blanco's performance is particularly notable considering his past 4.78 ERA and modest beginnings, signing for a $5,000 bonus as an international amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic.

  • The Astros are preparing for a series finale against the Rangers with left-handed starters Framber Valdez and Andrew Heaney.

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