Angels starter C.J. Wilson began his Sunday night start in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Royals with a 1-0 lead thanks to Mike Trout, who delivered a solo home run against James Shields in the top half of the first inning.
Wilson, however, quickly got into trouble, allowing back-to-back one-out singles to Norichika Aoki and Lorenzo Cain. After striking out Eric Hosmer looking, Wilson walked Billy Butler to load the bases for Alex Gordon. Gordon worked the count to 2-2 before smoking a line drive to left-center. The ball bounced off of the bottom of the wall, allowing the Royals to clear the bases. Butler slid home safely just ahead of the throw home, which also allowed Gordon to advance to third base.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia wasn’t giving his starter any rope. He strode out to the mound and took Wilson out of the game, bringing in Vinnie Pestano from the bullpen. Pestano got Salvador Perez to pop out to end the first inning.
There’s still plenty of game left, but the Royals are in a good position to join the Orioles in the ALCS after sweeping their opponents in the ALDS.
Even Drellich of The Athletic reports that the Boston Red Sox are cutting the pay of team employees. Those cuts, which began to be communicated last night, apply to all employees making $50,000 or more. They are tiered cuts, with people making $50-99,000 seeing salary cut by 20%, those making $100k-$499,000 seeing $25% cuts and those making $500,000 or more getting 30% cuts.
Drellich reported that a Red Sox employee told him that “people are livid” over the fact that those making $100K are being treated the same way as those making $500K. And, yes, that does seem to be a pretty wide spread for similar pay cuts. One would think that a team with as many analytically-oriented people on staff could perhaps break things down a bit more granularly.
Notable in all of this that the same folks who own the Red Sox — Fenway Sports Group — own Liverpool FC of the English Premier League, and that just last month Liverpool’s pay cut/employee furlough policies proved so unpopular that they led to a backlash and a subsequent reversal by the club. That came after intense criticism from Liverpool fan groups and local politicians. Sox owner John Henry must be confident that no such backlash will happen in Boston.
As we noted yesterday, The Kansas City Royals, who are not as financially successful as the Boston Red Sox, have not furloughed employees or cut pay as a result of baseball’s shutdown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps someone in Boston could call the Royals and ask them how they managed that.