Twins pitching prospect Trevor May was called up and made his major league debut tonight against the Athletics, but it didn’t go nearly as well as they hoped. The right-hander, acquired along with Vance Worley in December 2012 in the trade that sent Ben Revere to the Phillies, was pitching well at Triple-A Rochester, prompting the promotion.
May, however, lasted only two innings. Only 28 of the 63 pitches he threw were strikes, as he finished the night with seven walks while allowing three hits and failing to record a strikeout, surrendering four runs in total. He walked two in the first inning, including a bases-loaded walk to Derek Norris to force in a run. In the second, he walked five — including three consecutively after quickly getting the first two outs of the inning.
May, 24, missed some time between June 22 and July 13 with a strained right calf, but posted a 2.41 ERA over four starts after coming off of the disabled list. Overall, in 17 starts with Rochester, May posted a 2.93 ERA with a 91/37 K/BB ratio in 95 1/3 innings.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.