The Royals and Orioles are playing another nail-biter as they head into the ninth inning of ALCS Game 2 locked in a tie at four apiece. After starters Yordano Ventura (who left with an injury) and Bud Norris faltered early, both teams’ bullpens have been racking up the zeroes.
On the Royals’ side, Brandon Finnegan, Kelvin Herrera, and Wade Davis have combined to throw 2 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out two. Orioles relievers Brad Brach, Andrew Miller, and Darren O’Day have combined to toss 3 2/3 scoreless frames on one hit and a pair of walks while striking out three.
Game 1 on Friday night went 10 innings, ultimately going to the Royals. The Royals have already played four extra-inning games this post-season, winning all of them. It’s quite possible there will be a fifth tonight.
Update: Maybe not. The Royals took a 5-4 lead in the top of the ninth when Alcides Escobar hit a ground rule double down the right field line, scoring pinch-runner Terrence Gore.
Update #2: Make it 6-4 thanks to Lorenzo Cain’s ground ball single to left field to score Escobar.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.
Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.