Giants knock Lance Lynn out in fourth inning, grab 4-0 lead

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Just like his start in Game 1 on Sunday, the fourth inning was Lance Lynn’s undoing tonight.

After holding the Giants hitless over the first three innings, Lynn allowed four runs in the top of the fourth inning before being pulled.

Lynn gave up singles to Marco Scutaro and Pablo Sandoval to begin the inning before striking out Buster Posey for the first out. The next batter, Hunter Pence, hit a tapper right back at Lynn, but he made a wild throw which hit the second base bag and deflected into center field. Scutaro came around to score while Sandoval scampered over to third. Lynn got Brandon Belt to hit a soft liner to second base for the second out, but then walked Gregor Blanco to load the bases for Brandon Crawford, who delivered a two-run single through the middle. If that wasn’t bad enough, Barry Zito then wisely dropped a bunt down the third base line and beat it out for a hit to drive in the fourth run of the inning and end Lynn’s night. Seriously.

Joe Kelly replaced Lynn and struck out Angel Pagan swinging to avoid further damage, but the Giants currently hold a 4-0 lead going into the bottom of the fourth.

Report: MLB likely to unilaterally implement pace of play changes

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that talks between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players’ Association concerning pace of play changes have stalled, which makes it more likely that commissioner Rob Manfred unilaterally implements the changes he seeks. Those changes include a pitch clock and a restriction on catcher mound visits.

Manfred said, “My preferred path is a negotiated agreement with the players. But if we can’t get an agreement, we are going to have rule changes in 2018, one way or the other.”

The players have made several suggestions aimed at reducing the length of games, such as amending replay review rules, strictly monitoring down time between innings, and bringing back bullpen carts.

It is believed that MLB is proposing a pitch clock of 20 seconds. If a pitcher takes too long between pitches, he will have a ball added to the count. If the hitter takes too long, then he will have a strike added to the count.