Royals even up World Series with 7-2 Game 2 victory

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Yordano Ventura held the Giants to two runs over five-plus innings and the Kansas City offense awoke for seven runs on 10 hits as the Royals evened up the 2014 World Series at a win apiece with a 7-2 Game 2 victory on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

The game was tied at 2-2 after five innings, but the Royals broke through in a huge way in the bottom of the sixth against Giants starter Jake Peavy and the San Francisco bullpen. Here’s how it went …

  • Lorenzo Cain singled to center
  • Eric Hosmer walked, Cain to second
  • Peavy replaced by Jean Machi
  • Billy Butler singled to left center, Cain scored, Hosmer to second
  • Machi replaced by Javier Lopez
  • Alex Gordon flied out to left field
  • Lopez replaced by Hunter Strickland
  • Hosmer to third, pinch-runner Terrance Gore to second on wild pitch
  • Salvador Perez doubled to deep left center, Hosmer and Gore scored
  • Omar Infante homered to deep left, Perez scored
  • Strickland replaced by Jeremy Affeldt
  • Mike Moustakas singled to center
  • Alcides Escobar grounded into double play

Strickland exchanged words with Perez while the Royals’ catcher was waiting to congratulate Infante at home plate, causing both benches (and both bullpens) to clear. But the fracas lasted no more than a minute.

Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland went a combined 3 2/3 scoreless innings to close it out.

The action now shifts to AT&T Park for Games 3, 4, and 5. We could have a classic one on our hands.

Javier Baez, D.J. LeMahieu have disagreement about sign-stealing

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Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.

LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.

There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.

The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.