Game 5 of the World Series was a barnburner that ultimately went to the Astros, 13-12, in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the 10th inning thanks to Alex Bregman‘s RBI single. That game will go down as one of the most entertaining World Series games of all time. Here it is, broken down by the numbers:
0 pitches thrown above 97 MPH
1 stolen base
2 wild pitches
2 hit batsmen
7 home runs
8 lead changes
11 half-innings in which a run was scored
14 pitchers used
16 extra-base hits
16 batted balls that came off the bat at least 100 MPH
22 position players used
97.5 the Astros’ highest win probability in percentage before the final play of the game (George Springer‘s one-out single in the eighth inning)
317 minutes long
417 Pitches thrown
2,670 feet traveled by home run balls
And for the Astros… one win away from their first ever championship.
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal. Buchholz will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the club’s major league roster and can earn an additional $250,000 through incentives. Buchholz has an opt-out date set for May 1, which means if he isn’t on the Royals’ 25-man roster by then, he can request his release.
Buchholz, 33, was acquired by the Phillies from the Red Sox in December 2016, but he made only two starts before an MRI revealed he had a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass. He underwent surgery in April and missed the rest of the season.
The Royals recently lost Jesse Hahn, who was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL. Buchholz would likely be in consideration for a rotation spot if another starter were to suffer an injury. Presently, the Royals’ rotation appears set with Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Jake Junis, and Nate Karns.