Royals even up World Series with 7-2 Game 2 victory

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Yordano Ventura held the Giants to two runs over five-plus innings and the Kansas City offense awoke for seven runs on 10 hits as the Royals evened up the 2014 World Series at a win apiece with a 7-2 Game 2 victory on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

The game was tied at 2-2 after five innings, but the Royals broke through in a huge way in the bottom of the sixth against Giants starter Jake Peavy and the San Francisco bullpen. Here’s how it went …

  • Lorenzo Cain singled to center
  • Eric Hosmer walked, Cain to second
  • Peavy replaced by Jean Machi
  • Billy Butler singled to left center, Cain scored, Hosmer to second
  • Machi replaced by Javier Lopez
  • Alex Gordon flied out to left field
  • Lopez replaced by Hunter Strickland
  • Hosmer to third, pinch-runner Terrance Gore to second on wild pitch
  • Salvador Perez doubled to deep left center, Hosmer and Gore scored
  • Omar Infante homered to deep left, Perez scored
  • Strickland replaced by Jeremy Affeldt
  • Mike Moustakas singled to center
  • Alcides Escobar grounded into double play

Strickland exchanged words with Perez while the Royals’ catcher was waiting to congratulate Infante at home plate, causing both benches (and both bullpens) to clear. But the fracas lasted no more than a minute.

Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland went a combined 3 2/3 scoreless innings to close it out.

The action now shifts to AT&T Park for Games 3, 4, and 5. We could have a classic one on our hands.

Report: Brodie Van Wagenen issuing managerial orders from home

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Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has been issuing managerial orders from home. Citing an anonymous industry source, Van Wagenen made the call to remove Jacob deGrom from his June 1 start against the Diamondbacks in the seventh inning due to a hip cramp. deGrom was visibly frustrated with his removal.

According to Puma’s source, Van Wagenen was watching the game on TV at home. He communicated with a member of the team support staff that deGrom should be removed from the game. Word got to Callaway, who went to the mound and took out his starter. Furthermore, some in the Mets’ clubhouse were miffed that Van Wagenen didn’t take credit for the decision because it looked like deGrom and Callaway were at odds with each other.

Puma also notes that the decision to limit closer Edwin Díaz’s innings is also Van Wagenen’s. Díaz was not used in Sunday’s loss against the Cubs. Javier Báez ended up hitting a go-ahead three-run home run off of Seth Lugo. Callaway was questioned for choice not to use Díaz after the game, which resulted in a brouhaha in the clubhouse.

A veteran executive of another team said that a GM issuing managerial directives would be “unusual” and “crossing the line.” He added, “I have never seen that done, personally.”

Van Wagenen insisted, “Mickey has control of baseball decisions.”

In a season marked by dysfunction, things may be even more dysfunctional within the Mets organization than we knew.