Juan Centeno was insurance. A non-roster invitee to Spring Training. A guy fighting for a roster spot with no chance of making the 25-man roster.
But Centeno shined in Spring Training and entered a spot of the Triple-A roster and moved up the depth chart past former catcher in waiting for Max Stassi as the next man up.
Centeno got the call this week to join the major league roster with Brain McCann dealing with a concussion. He didn’t disappoint in his debut.
Centeno hit a 406-foot home run in his second at-bat, he was intentional walked and made a nice play in front of the plate on a grounder by Jose Iglesias in a 6-2 Astros win.
Lance McCullers dominated on the mound again over five innings to set the table for the Houston offense. He struck out five and walking two — allowing one hit.
The flying pineapple, Yuli Gurriel, got the Astros on the board in the second with a solo home run — his fourth of the season.
Josh Reddick did a little bit of everything on Tuesday, going 1-for-2 with a run scored, a RBI, and a walk.
Reddick walked and stole second base in the third inning, scoring on a fielding error.
Centeno’s home run came in the fourth inning, hitting the ball up onto the home run porch.
The game got a little tighter in the seventh with a two-run Mikie Mahtook home run. But the Tigers threw the ball around the yard, allowing two Astros runs to score in the bottom of the frame.
Jake Marisnick added a sixth run in the eighth inning, scoring Marwin Gonzalez who had doubled.