Giants strike back with two runs, trail 3-2 going into the seventh

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The Giants answered the Royals’ two-run top of the sixth inning with a two-run bottom half, reducing their deficit back to one run at 3-2. Brandon Crawford led off the inning with a single off of starter Jeremy Guthrie, then scored from first when Michael Morse ripped a double down the left field line.

Royals manager  Ned Yost took out Guthrie for reliever Kelvin Herrera. The flamethrowing right-hander was shaky, missing the zone and eventually walking Gregor Blanco. Still struggling with control, Herrera was able to induce a ground out from Joe Panik, but his only play was to first base, pushing both runners up to second and third base. Buster Posey knocked in the Giants’ second run with a ground out to second base, moving Blanco over to third in the process, but the Giants weren’t able to tie the game as Pablo Sandoval ended the frame with a ground out to first base.

The Giants will have to continue chipping away at the Royals’ well-regarded bullpen if they want to take a victory in Game 3 of the World Series.

Gallegos agrees to 2-year, $11M contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.