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.

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.