Royals add on, lead Giants 3-0 going into the bottom of the sixth inning

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Royals outfielder Alex Gordon gave the Royals an insurance run when he doubled to center field in the top of the sixth inning, scoring Alcides Escobar from first base. Escobar had singled with one out off of Giants starter Tim Hudson, ending the right-hander’s streak of 12 consecutive batters retired. Hudson got Lorenzo Cain to ground out to third base for the second out of the inning before manager Bruce Bochy took him out of the game to bring in lefty reliever Javier Lopez. After a long at-bat, Eric Hosmer emerged victorious over Lopez to score Gordon from second base. Lopez got out of the inning with a strikeout of Mike Moustakas.

Hudson finishes the night having allowed three runs on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Jeremy Guthrie has been solid on the mound for the Royals, having retired 10 Giants batters in a row. Manager Ned Yost questionably allowed Guthrie to hit for himself to lead off the top of the sixth, rather than using a pinch-hitter and going to a reliever in the bottom half, perhaps Brandon Finnegan given that the Giants have several lefties due up (Brandon Crawford, Gregor Blanco, Joe Panik). Guthrie grounded out to second base.

Thus far, Guthrie has limited the Giants to just two hits in five innings. He has yet to record a strikeout nor has he walked a batter. If the Giants can’t get to Guthrie in the bottom of the sixth, they stand having to do so against the Royals’ fantastic bullpen.

Nationals virtually unveil 2019 World Series rings

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On Sunday evening, the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals unveiled their championship rings online. The Nats took down the Astros in seven hard-fought games last October to win their first Fall Classic in franchise history, with starter Stephen Strasburg winning MVP honors.

As the video highlights about the ring, the Nationals honored “Baby Shark,” a children’s song that became part of the team’s identity last year thanks to reserve outfielder Gerardo Parra. The ring also has all kinds of mementos referencing the Nationals’ triumphs throughout the years, including a reference to 2006, when the Lerner family bought the franchise.

It is a shame that, due to the global pandemic, the Nationals haven’t been able to properly get their rings like past championship winners. But they will, in due time. For now, the players can look forward to receiving their rings in the mail.