Zach Davies and Chris Carter wrote themselves into the history books on Friday night when Reds’ first baseman Joey Votto lined into his first career triple play. With runners on first and second, Carter scooped the liner and stepped on the bag to retire Votto and Scott Schebler, then flipped the ball to shortstop Orlando Arcia to catch Jose Peraza for the triple play.
According to the Triple Plays Database at sabr.org, Carter’s play marked the 39th 3-3-6 triple play turned since 1876 and the eighth of any kind orchestrated by the Brewers. More remarkably, it was the second time that Davies and Carter have helped turn a triple play in 2016, the sequel to a 5-4-3 flip they recorded in April against Marcell Ozuna and the Marlins.
The triple play also landed Carter in some interesting company. He’s now the third infielder to notch two triple plays with the Brewers, along with former team members Prince Fielder (2009, 2011) and Jeff Cirillo (1997, 1999). Carter is the first to accomplish the feat within the same calendar year.
The infielder followed up his defensive wizardry with his 38th home run of the season, launching a 109 m.p.h. rocket off of Reds’ right-hander Anthony DeSclafani in the second inning.
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.