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.
The Angels have placed Andrew Heaney on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder inflammation, the club announced Saturday. The move is retroactive to July 17, though it’s not yet certain that he’ll be cleared to pitch again by the end of the month.
It’s an unfortunate development for the 28-year-old southpaw, who has battled inflammation in his pitching elbow on and off since spring training. In fact, his arm issues date back several years, including the shoulder impingement that put him on the shelf in 2017 and the Tommy John surgery he underwent in 2016. With such a complicated medical history, it makes sense that the Angels would want to proceed with caution as they facilitate the lefty’s eventual return to the mound.
Given his ongoing struggles, Heaney has seen mixed results with the club in 2019. Prior to his recent IL assignment, he pitched to a 1-3 record in nine starts with a 5.09 ERA, 3.7 BB/9, and 10.6 SO/9 through 46 innings. Since the end of June, however, his starts have gotten shorter and shorter; he lasted just 4 1/3 innings in his final outing against the Astros, expending a tremendous 103 pitches and issuing two runs, two walks, and five strikeouts during the team’s eventual 7-2 win.
In a corresponding roster move, the Angels claimed lefty reliever Adalberto Mejía off of waivers from the Twins. Mejía, 26, is expected to be activated ahead of Saturday’s game versus the Mariners. Over 13 appearances with Minnesota, he turned in an 8.80 ERA, 7.0 BB/9, and 8.8 SO/9 in 15 1/3 innings.