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.

Rangers, Padres, White Sox to continue paying minor leaguers

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In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor league players $400 per week while the sport is shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That provision is set to expire at the end of May. As Craig noted earlier, the Athletics will not be paying their minor leaguers starting on June 1.

Several teams are doing the right thing, continuing to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through at least the end of June. Per The Athletic’s Levi Weaver and James Fegan, the Rangers and White Sox will each tack on another month of pay. The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported earlier that the Padres will pay their players through the end of August. Craig also cited a Baseball America report from this morning, which mentioned that the Marlins will also pay their players through the end of August.

Frankly, if the Marlins can find a way to continue paying their minor league players, then every team should be able to do the same. The Marlins are widely believed to be the least profitable among the 30 major league clubs. Here’s hoping the rest of the league follows the Rangers’, White Sox’s, Padres’, and Marlins’ lead as opposed to the Athletics’.