Giants leading Royals 1-0 early in Game 4 of the World Series


Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong breezed through the top of the first inning on 13 pitches, and then the offense got to work. Gregor Blanco worked a lead-off walk, then advanced to second base on a wild pitch. After Joe Panik popped out, Blanco swiped third base, setting up an easy run-scoring opportunity for Buster Posey.

Royals lefty Jason Vargas pitched to Posey carefully, however, ultimately walking him to bring up Hunter Pence with a potential rally-ending double play possibility. Pence indeed hit into what looked to be an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play, but was just quick enough to beat the throw to first base, allowing Blanco to score the game’s first run. Vargas was able to get out of the inning by striking out Pablo Sandoval on his 27th pitch.

Vogelsong had a slightly tougher top of the second as rain began to fall at AT&T Park in San Francisco, but he worked around a two-out single by Salvador Perez. He’s thrown a total of 28 pitches.

Report: Mets sign Brad Brach to one-year, $850,000 contract

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.

Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.

While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.