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.

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2019 has been one long nightmare for the Pirates. They’re in last place in the NL Central, have had multiple clubhouse fights, and can’t stop getting into bench-clearing incidents. The embarrassment continued on Sunday as the club lost 16-6 to the Cubs, suffering a three-game series sweep in Chicago.

One of those 16 runs the Pirates allowed was particularly noteworthy. In the bottom of the third inning, with the game tied at 5-5, the Cubs had runners on first and second with two outs. Tony Kemp hit a triple to right field, allowing both Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to score to make it 7-5. The Pirates thought one of the Cubs’ base runners didn’t touch third base on their way home. Reliever Michael Feliz attempted to make an appeal throw to third base, but it was way too high for Erik González to catch, so Kemp scored easily on the error.

The Pirates lost Friday’s game to the Cubs 17-8 and Saturday’s game 14-1. They were outscored 47-15 in the three-game series. According to Baseball Reference, since 1908, the Pirates never allowed 14+ runs in three consecutive games and only did it two games in a row twice before this series, in 1949 and in 1950. The Cubs scored 14+ in three consecutive games just one other time, in 1930.