Clayton Kershaw got the best of nearly ever hitter on his first time through the lineup in Game 1, but by his second go-around, Alex Bregman was prepared. In the fourth inning, Bregman found a high fastball on a 1-1 count and crushed it over the left field fence, tying the game with the Astros’ first run of the night.
The 399-blast was Bregman’s third of the postseason following two knocks against Chris Sale in the ALDS. He’s just the fourth Astros player to collect a homer in the World Series, joining Jason Lane, Mike Lamb and Morgan Ensberg of the club’s 2005 World Series loss.
He also added to an unsavory postseason stat for Kershaw, who has now given up eight runs on seven dingers this month. That hardly tells the whole story, however: Kershaw has dealt 62 pitches in 5 1/3 innings, fanning 10 of 18 batters and handing out just one base hit in addition to the homer. The Astros are currently tied 1-1 with the Dodgers in the top of the sixth.
The Reds lost their first arbitration case of the offseason, per a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Second baseman Scooter Gennett was awarded the $5.7 million salary figure he was seeking from the team, a $600,000 bump over the $5.1 million they countered with last month.
Gennett, 27, is coming off of a career-best performance in 2017. After getting claimed off of waivers by the Reds last March, he broke out with an impressive .295/.342/.531 batting line, 27 home runs and 2.4 fWAR in 497 plate appearances. By season’s end, he ranked among the top five most productive second basemen in the National League (and 12th overall). He’s currently set to remain under team control through 2019.
Gennett was only the second Reds player to go to an arbitration hearing this winter. Fellow infielder Eugenio Suarez was defeated in arbitration last week and stands to make just $3.75 million compared to the $4.2 million he filed for in January. All 22 arbitration cases have now been resolved. Twelve were decided in favor of the players.