Exciting news here for the Royals, who are just 4.5 games out of an American League Wild Card spot.
Salvador Perez has been activated from the 7-day concussion disabled list and is back in the Royals’ starting lineup on Sunday afternoon against the Red Sox, playing catcher and batting fifth. The talented 23-year-old was diagnosed with that concussion on August 4 after taking a foul tip hard off his catcher’s mask. Because he was only out for a week, a minor league rehab assignment wasn’t deemed necessary.
Perez is hitting .297/.326/.433 with 18 home runs and 103 RBI through his first 207 major league games. He has a very bright future.
The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.