Giants fight back to tie Game 4 of the World Series at 4-4

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Hunter Pence’s fifth-inning RBI single and Juan Perez’s sacrifice fly allowed the Giants to bring Game 4 of the World Series back to even ground at 4-4. The Giants have scored three runs after the Royals hung up a four-spot in the top of the third inning.

The fifth-inning runs were set up when Joe Panik laced a double into the right-center field gap, adroitly cut off by Lorenzo Cain. The double chased Royals starter Jason Vargas from the game. With Jason Frasor on the mound, Panik advanced to third on a Buster Posey ground out, then scored when Pence singled to left-center.

That forced manager Ned Yost to bring in lefty Danny Duffy, but the Giants continued to pressure. Pablo Sandoval ripped a single into left-center and a hustling Pence scampered into third base. Duffy then walked Brandon Belt on four pitches. After a chat with pitching coach Dave Eiland, Duffy got Juan Perez to make weak contact on a fly ball to shallow center field, but Jarrod Dyson had to dive forward to catch it, allowing Pence to tag up and score from third base to tie the game at 4-4. Duffy struck out Brandon Crawford to end the threat.

Vargas ends his evening having allowed three runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong after 2 2/3 innings, so this game will be decided by the bullpens.

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.