There isn’t a lot of time left in this season — and less time for the New York Yankees, competitively speaking — but it looks as though Brett Gardner is going to miss most or all of it. Mark Feinsand of the Daily News reports that Gardner will be out “a significant amount of time.” He quotes Joe Girardi saying that he’s “not sure when we’ll get him back,” and that “It’s a concern of mine.”
Gardner missed the entire weekend and last night’s game for the Yankees after being diagnosed with strained abdominal muscle. It’s a big blow for New York, as Gardner has been the Yankees best and most consistent offensive performer all year. He’s hitting .269/.342/.442 with a career-high 16 homers.
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.