Ahead of Wednesday night’s game against the Phillies, the Dodgers announced that second baseman Chase Utley has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb. Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte has been recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
It’s not known exactly when or how Utley suffered the injury, nor do the Dodgers have a timetable for his return. The 39-year-old has handled the majority of playing time at second base this season, batting a lackluster .216/.302/.324 with one home run and 14 RBI in 126 plate appearances.
Utley’s injury might be of the “phantom” variety as the Dodgers used seven pitchers in Tuesday’s loss to the Phillies. Venditte helps reinforce the bullpen. Starter Kenta Maeda lasted only 1 2/3 innings on Tuesday due to a hip injury and was placed on the disabled list on Wednesday.
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.