The Royals are generating enough power in the post-season to sustain a small city. Mike Moustakas broke a 3-3 tie in the fourth inning with a no-doubt solo home run to right field off of Orioles starter Bud Norris. It’s their eighth of the post-season, a staggering total considering this is only their sixth post-season game. They hit 95 in 162 regular season games. Moustakas also homered in Game 1, providing important insurance with his two-run blast in the 10th inning.
Following the theme of Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday night, Game 2 is another back-and-forth affair. The two clubs have scored in five of seven half-innings thus far.
Neither team’s starter — Norris for the Orioles, and Yordano Ventura for the Royals — has looked very effective, struggling to locate pitches consistently. Ventura has walked three in three innings while Norris has thrown 82 pitches in his four frames.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.
The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.