Giants jump ahead in sixth inning of NLCS Game 4

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The Giants were down 4-1 to the Cardinals after the top of the third inning Wednesday night in Game 4 of the NLCS at San Francisco’s AT&T Park, but they’re now carrying a 6-4 lead into the top of the seventh.

Here’s how the Giants scored their three runs to jump on top of the Cardinals in the bottom of the sixth …

  • Juan Perez walked
  • Brandon Crawford singled to right field, Perez to second base
  • Matt Duffy sacrifice bunt, Perez to third base, Crawford to second base
  • Gregor Blanco reached on fielder’s choice (a poor throw home by Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams), Perez scored, Crawford to third base
  • Joe Panik grounded out to first base, Crawford scored, Blanco to second base
  • Buster Posey singled to left-center field, Blanco scored

It was a miserable defensive half-inning for Adams, who made a poor throw that allowed Perez to score the tying run and then failed to turn what should have been a double play on Panik’s grounder right back to him.

The Giants are nine outs away from grabbing a 3-1 lead over the Cardinals in this best-of-seven NLCS.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.