When the Diamondbacks signed Yasmany Tomas for $68.5 million the assumption was that they’d use him in the outfield, where he spent most of his time in Cuba, but the team announced that he’d get a long look at third base.
So how’s it going so far? Here’s an update on Tomas as a third baseman, via rookie manager Chip Hale:
He’s working every day. … I mean, talk about a guy that really wants to learn, he’s been fantastic. … I mean, this is before spring training, but I’m very encouraged with what I see with his feet and his hands. We can push him a little harder each day on stuff. We’re just going to see how it goes. His capability to take in information and put it into play right away is impressive. He’s got the basics down.
Tomas was signed mostly for his power bat, but if he can eventually play a passable third base that would give the Diamondbacks a lot of other lineup options. For now Arizona’s outfield depth chart includes A.J. Pollock flanked by some combination of Mark Trumbo, David Peralta, and Cody Ross.
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.