Royals grab commanding lead and benches clear in sixth inning of World Series Game 2

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The host Royals have the visiting Giants right where they want them in Game 2 of the World Series.

Giants starter Jake Peavy cruised through the third, fourth, and fifth innings on just 26 total pitches, but he gave up a leadoff single to Lorenzo Cain at the top of the sixth and was lifted from the game after issuing a walk to the next batter, Eric Hosmer. Royals designated hitter Billy Butler then laced a Jean Machi fastball into left field, scoring Cain.

Giants lefty Javier Lopez came into the game and took care of Alex Gordon, but Salvador Perez pounced on the next reliever, righty Hunter Strickland, for a two-run double to the left-center field gap. Omar Infante followed with a two-run blast out to the bullpen in left and Strickland began jawing at Perez, who was waiting for Infante to cross home plate. The benches cleared, but nothing came of it and Strickland was quickly removed by Giants manager Bruce Bochy. Kansas City leads 7-2 as Game 2 moves to the seventh inning.

The Royals will be firing up dominant relievers Wade Davis and Greg Holland to close this thing out.

Mets acquire Brooks Pounders from Indians

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The Mets have acquired right-handed reliever Brooks Pounders from the Indians for cash considerations, the teams reported Saturday. Despite his limited and varied major-league experience, Pounders has put up intriguing numbers at the Triple-A level and is expected to step into a not-insignificant role with the Mets’ relief corps.

Pounders, 28, signed a minor-league deal with the Indians last December and pitched to a healthy 2.31 ERA, 2.8 BB/8, and 11.8 SO/9 over his first 35 innings in Cleveland’s farm system. He hasn’t taken the mound in a major-league setting since 2018, however, when he appeared in 14 games with the Rockies and labored through a much more unsightly 7.63 ERA, 1.2 BB/9, and 10.0 SO/9 across 15 1/3 frames. Still, his peripherals are promising, and there’s no question the Mets could use some help bolstering a bullpen that currently ranks eighth-worst in the league with a collective 5.31 ERA and 0.2 fWAR.

In subsequent roster moves, fellow righty Tyler Bashlor was sent back to Triple-A Syracuse for the second time this season, while Héctor Santiago was designated for assignment, Tim Peterson was optioned to Triple-A, and Chris Flexen was recalled from Triple-A. It’s been a less-than-ideal campaign for Bashlor so far this year: through 13 relief appearances for the club, he lost control of a bloated 5.23 ERA, 5.4 BB/9, and 9.3 SO/9 in 11 2/3 innings and had not been utilized in a game since June 2.