Non-roster invitee Edison Frias had a forgettable first appearance in the Houston Astros’ Spring Training Opening Day on Saturday.
Frias entered the game in the third inning against the Detriot Tigers at Publix Field At Joker Marchant Stadium in a scoreless game.
Frias would proceed to give up four runs, three home runs in a row and get ejected after hitting Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera with a pitch.
Frias walked Juan Perez and gave up a home run to Andrew Romine on the fourth pitch of the at-bat. The next batter Ian Kinsler connected for a long ball, and two pitches later Victor Martinez made it back-to-back-to-back home runs for the Tigers.
The first pitch Miguel Cabrera saw in the first at-bat hit him in the shoulder and home umpire Hunter Wendelstedt quickly ejected Frias.
Frias told Houston Chronicle beat writer Jake Kaplan that he wasn’t attempting to hit Cabrera with a pitch, he just didn't have control of his pitches:
Frias said he didn't hit Cabrera intentionally. The pitch was a curveball. "I couldn't command any of my pitches. I was all over the place."— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) February 25, 2017
Frias, 26, was an international signee from the Dominican Republic. He has been in the Astros system since 2011 and was 5-3 with a 3.98 ERA in 19 games between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno.
Don’t get done, Frias. There is always next game kid. It’s Spring Training after all.