White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada departed in the fifth inning of Friday’s contest against the Twins with another bout of left hamstring tightness. Per an announcement from the team, he will be reevaluated on Saturday.
This has been a recurring issue for the 22-year-old infielder, who was previously pulled in the middle of Wednesday’s start against the Cardinals after sustaining the injury on a slide into third base. He is still considered day-to-day for the time being, as the issue isn’t severe enough to warrant a trip to the disabled list just yet.
Prior to his exit from Friday’s game, Moncada went 0-for-2 with a walk. He was replaced by Leury Garcia, who shifted from center field to second base while Adam Engel was inserted as a pinch-runner/center fielder in the fifth. Entering Saturday, Moncada slashed .268/.359/.518 with six home runs and four stolen bases in 129 PA.
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.