Royals defeat Orioles 2-1 in Game 3 of ALCS, now just one win away from World Series

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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.

Report: Mets sign Brad Brach to one-year, $850,000 contract

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.

Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.

While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.