The Royals — who hadn’t made a playoff appearance in 29 years and had to make it through the American League Wild Card Game this year — are now just one win away from advancing to the World Series.
Jeremy Guthrie held the dangerous Orioles attack to one run over five solid innings and the Kansas City offense scratched out two runs on an Alex Gordon groundout and a Billy Butler sac fly as the Royals defeated the visiting Orioles 2-1 in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday night at a loud and jam-packed Kauffman Stadium.
Baltimore managed only three hits the entire night, and all three of those came against Guthrie within the first three innings of the game. Kansas City’s bullpen was flat-out dominant, with Jason Frasor, Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and closer Greg Holland combining to no-hit the O’s over the final four frames.
The Royals are 7-0 in these playoffs and they can roll into the Fall Classic at 8-0 with a pennant-clinching win on Wednesday afternoon. Jason Vargas will face Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez. What a ride.
ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.
The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.
“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”
He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.
Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.
His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.
He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.
Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.
He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.