The Orioles announced earlier today that the club designated outfielder David Lough for assignment and recalled catcher Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk.
Though catcher Matt Wieters says he expects to stay off of the disabled list, he was held out of Friday’s lineup against the Athletics and is only available off the bench. Clevenger gives the Orioles a healthy second catcher for at least one game. Clevenger, 29, has taken only 11 plate appearances in the majors for the Orioles this season, but is hitting .455. He had a more modest .769 OPS in 301 PA with Norfolk.
Lough, 29, compiled a meager .202/.243/.318 batting line with four home runs and 12 RBI in 139 PA this year for the Orioles. Junior Lake and Nolan Reimold will handle left field for the O’s the rest of the way.
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.