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Monday, August 7, 2023
Sportsman of the Week Ending 8/6/2023
In a League in which complete games are going the way of the dodo, our Sportsman of the Week navigated a playoff contending lineup while keeping the pitch count in check and left with not only a win, not only a complete game, but a no-hitter. The second by an individual in 2023. Framber Valdez of the Houston Astros cut through the Cleveland Guardians lineup like a knife through butter surrendering just one walk which was erased on a double play and faced the minimum. Part of the endeavor was limiting pitches, so he only struck out 7. The game was just 2-0 so despite no apparent weakness, a hit or a couple of walks would have submarined the whole outing if not game. But instead, Framber ensured little drama as nothing was much of a threat besides one ground ball tipping off the pitcher's glove to the shortstop. No hitters are in the Houston Astros blood, and now it is in Framber Valdez history, the Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!