Andy McCullough of the KC Star has a feature on Royals’ pinch-running sensation Terrance Gore. No, not Jarrod Dyson, though even Royals fans often confuse the two, McCullough reports. Dyson is super fast but Gore is even faster. Indeed, McCullough’s paragraph ledes assert that Gore is the fastest man in baseball:
The fastest man in baseball drives with caution . . . The fastest man in baseball looks like a teenager . . . The fastest man in baseball was a scrawny teenage boy . . . The fastest man in baseball still toils in obscurity . . .
It’s a good feature on a guy who probably never would’ve seen the light of a major league roster a few short years ago, when stealing bases was not a priority for most teams. Heck, even today he might not have seen the light of day of a roster anywhere else but in Kansas City. The Royals are running wild this postseason, and Gore is a big part of it.
Still, part of me wonders how a foot race would go between Gore and Billy Hamilton. Let’s say we drop the Home Run Derby next summer and have a race? The All-Star Game is gonna be in Cincinnati, so it’d be a great spectacle featuring a local player . . .
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.