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.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.