Orioles manager Buck Showalter correctly predicted how his club would get out of a ninth-inning jam against the Tigers to advance to the ALCS. Now Royals manager Ned Yost has taken his turn as a seer, envisioning his club’s eventual victory over the O’s in Game 2 of the ALCS.
Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star with the details:
Inside the Royals dugout, as the temperature descended and 40,000 orange towels whipped around Camden Yards, manager Ned Yost became clairvoyant.
He pulled shortstop Alcides Escobar aside. Escobar was scheduled to bat third in the top of the ninth against Baltimore, and Yost wanted to share his vision.
Here is what will happen, Yost told him. Omar Infante will lead off with a hit. Yost will insert pinch runner Terrance Gore. Mike Moustakas will lay down a bunt. And then Escobar will record the hit that wins the Royals the second game of the American League Championship Series.
“Great plan,” Escobar replied.
So, what happened? Omar Infante singled to shallow right field. Terrence Gore pinch-ran for Infante and advanced to second base on a Mike Moustakas sacrifice bunt. And then Escobar pushed a ground ball down the right field line for a tie-breaking RBI double. The Royals tacked on one more run before the inning was over, and Greg Holland set the Orioles down in the bottom half to secure the Royals’ second victory in two ALCS games.
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.