Orioles starter Kevin Gausman threw an immaculate inning — all three outs coming on three-pitch strikeouts — in the top of the seventh inning against the Indians on Monday night at Camden Yards. Gausman fanned Yonder Alonso, Yan Gomes, and Bradley Zimmer to get back to the dugout in short order.
There have been 90 known immaculate innings thrown by 85 different pitchers. Gausman is the first to do it since Rick Porcello on August 9 last year against the Rays. He’s the first Oriole to accomplish the feat since B.J. Ryan on September 5, 1999 against the Indians.
Despite Gausman’s efforts, the Orioles still dropped Monday’s game 2-1 to the Indians. Gausman went eight innings, yielding two runs on four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. He now carries a 4.66 ERA with a 26/7 K/BB ratio in 29 innings on the season.
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.