The Giants jump on the Cardinals in the first inning of Game 3 of the NLCS

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Things didn’t start well for John Lackey and the Cardinals this afternoon. After his offense went down 1-2-3 to start the first inning, Lackey didn’t fool anyone in the bottom of the inning. After getting two quick outs, this happened:

  • Buster Posey single;
  • Pablo Sandoval single;
  • Hunter Pence double, scoring Posey;
  • Brandon Belt intentional walk to load the bases; and
  • A Travis Ishikawa double that cleared the bases, making it 4-0 Giants.

The Ishikawa ball was absolutely tattooed. If it weren’t for a stiff wind blowing from right to left knocking it down, it would’ve been in the water. As it was it appeared to hit off the brick wall and right fielder Randal Grichuk had trouble playing the carom. Or it possibly just fell short of the wall and Grichuk couldn’t track it. It was hard to track live and then I missed the replay because, man, I got kids here.

One thing that is true, however, if that Lackey was visibly upset that the ball fell. Perhaps he was unaware that, you know, if you allow absolute blasts like that, it’s maybe bad form to blame your fielder for not bailing you out in tough conditions.

We’re heading into the bottom of the third and the Giants maintain their 4-0 lead.

 

Report: Twins, Michael Pineda agree to two-year, $20 million contract

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Pierre Noujaim of Fox9 Minneapolis reports that the Twins and free agent starter Michael Pineda have agreed on a two-year contract. The Athletic’s Dan Hayes confirms Noujaim’s report and adds that the deal is for $20 million.

Pineda, 30, signed with the Twins in December 2017 while he was in the process of recovering from Tommy John surgery. He missed the entire 2018 season but began the 2019 season on time. Pineda went on to post a 4.01 ERA with 140 strikeouts and 28 walks across 146 innings. He was suspended 60 games in early September after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. There are 39 games remaining, so he won’t make his season debut next year until mid-May.

Pineda will rejoin a Twins rotation that features José Berríos and Jake Odorizzi. The Twins are likely not done hunting for rotation help.