A little over a month ago Red Sox legend David Ortiz was shot in the Dominican Republic in what officials there have characterized as a case of mistaken identity. Ortiz suffered multiple gunshot wounds, was treated in a Dominican Republic hospital and, within a couple of days, was transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where he remains.
Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany Ortiz, passed along some early updates on his condition via the Red Sox, with almost everything pointing in a positive direction. Today, however, Tiffany Ortiz provided an update that, while somewhat vague, shows that Ortiz is not yet out of the woods in his recovery:
It’s good to hear that he is recovering well and is in good spirits. But this is also a reminder of just how badly he was hurt in he attack and how far he has had — and still has — before being fully recovered.
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.