Pitcher Dane De La Rosa has chosen to retire from major league baseball, David Hall of the Virginia Pilot reports. The 32-year-old had spent parts of four seasons in the major leagues, including a breakout season in 2013 with the Angels when he finished with a 2.86 ERA and a 65/28 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings.
De La Rosa was with the Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk this season, compiling a 4.35 ERA with a 7/8 K/BB ratio in 10 1/3 innings. As that K/BB ratio indicates, the right-hander had been battling control issues, perhaps stemming from forearm, shoulder, and knee issues he suffered from in 2014.
Since entering professional baseball in 2003, De La Rosa played in the organizations of the Yankees, Brewers, Rays, Angels, and Orioles, and even spent some time in the independent league between 2005-09.
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.