The Royals and Angels are deadlocked through five innings tonight in Game 1 of the ALDS.
Alcides Escobar got the Royals on the board first with a two-out RBI double off Jered Weaver in the top of the third inning. You can watch video of the hit here. The lead didn’t last long, as Chris Iannetta launched a solo homer off Jason Vargas in the bottom of the third to draw even. Here’s video of the blast. Mike Trout lost a ball in the lights in the top of the fifth inning, resulting in a double for Alex Gordon, who eventually came home to score on a sacrifice fly by Omar Infante. However, the Angels fought right back in the bottom of the frame with a leadoff homer from David Freese to tie the game at 2-2. That’s where we stand now.
Of course, postseason heroics are nothing new for Freese. He now has eight career playoff home runs.
To the top of the sixth we go in Anaheim.
Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates released Francisco Cervelli. Yesterday he was signed by the Braves. Atlanta gave him the start behind the plate and he went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs driven in to help his new team to victory over the Mets. Welcome to Atlanta, Frankie.
Cervelli had been rehabbing from a concussion and hadn’t seen big league action since late May. He was ready to come back, though, and the Pirates — who are going nowhere — gave him his release so that he might join a contender for the stretch run.
The performance he put up last night, obviously will not be the norm for him going forward. But it’s also the case that his early 2019 batting line of .193/.279/.248 is not indicative of his talent level either. He posted an .809 OPS (122 OPS+) in 2018, and if he gives Atlanta anything even approaching his usual production it’ll help stabilize a shaky catching situation for the Braves.