Carlos Gonzalez is back in the Rockies’ starting lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale with the Pirates after sitting out three straight games due to ongoing discomfort in his sprained right middle finger.
The sprain has been bothering CarGo for most of the summer and it’s the type of injury that is only going to heal with rest. The 27-year-old left fielder has committed to playing through it despite Colorado’s minuscule odds of cracking the postseason bubble.
Gonzalez is hitting .302/.368/.594 with 26 homers, 70 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 102 games this season for the 52-60 Rockies. His .962 OPS currently ranks first among qualified batters in the National League.
Astros DH Evan Gattis unwittingly helped the Mariners complete a triple play in the fourth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game at Safeco Field. The Astros put runners on first and second on consecutive singles by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, bringing Gattis to the plate.
Gattis check-swung at a first-pitch curve from Marco Gonzales, hitting a grounder to third base. Kyle Seager stepped on the third base bag and then threw to second base for the second out. There was not nearly enough time for Robinson Cano to get the throw to first base to complete a triple play. Gattis ostensibly lost track of the number of outs in the inning, so he just circled back to the dugout and the Mariners completed their triple play since Gattis went out of the baseline.
That’s the first triple play of the 2018 season. It’s the Mariners’ first triple play since July 26, 2015 against the Blue Jays.