It took until his 10th game, but Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton finally collected his first home run of the season with an opposite-field two-run shot against Mets right-hander Dillon Gee this evening. Check it out below:
Tonight’s blast had some extra meaning, as Stanton passed Dan Uggla to become the Marlins’ new all-time home run leader. He’s already at 155 career home runs. This is the 23rd season in franchise history and they haven’t had many good players stick around for long, so that explains the low number. Still, this is a damn impressive accomplishment for someone who just started his age-25 season. It’s safe to say Stanton is going to create lots of distance on that list.
By the way, you’ll notice that Stanton was wearing the protective face mask on helmet. He ditched it against against a left-hander on Tuesday night, but it looks like he’ll be using it regularly against right-handers.
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.