The Giants were one weak ground ball or fly ball away from squandering a bases-loaded opportunity, but Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Belt made sure their club was able to capitalize on the opportunity. The Giants put their first two batters on base on consecutive bloop singles by pinch-hitter Joaquin Arias and Gregor Blanco against Royals rookie Brandon Finnegan. Rookie Joe Panik then bunted both runners over to second and third base, which forced Royals manager Ned Yost to order Finnegan to intentionally walk Buster Posey to load the bases.
Hunter Pence grounded into a 6-2 fielder’s choice, putting the Royals closer to an escape from a tense situation. Sandoval, however, wasn’t having it. He swung at Finnegan’s first offering, ripping a two-run single up the middle to break a 4-4 tie. Brandon Belt followed up with a ground ball single into right-center, pushing the Giants’ lead up to 7-4. Juan Perez grounded out to second base to end the inning.
The Giants have now scored six unanswered runs against the Royals. They’ll head into the seventh inning with a three run lead and nine outs to go. Yusmeiro Petit pitched three scoreless innings of relief but was replaced by Jeremy Affeldt to start the next frame.
Last night it was reported that the Players Union had made an offer to Major League Baseball and the owners regarding plans for a 2020 season. The offer, which was in part counteroffer to the owners’ previous offer, part new proposals of its own, involved a 114-game season with an end date on October 31, a playoff expansion for two years, the right for players to opt out of the season over health concerns, and a potential deferral of 2020 salaries if the postseason were to be canceled.
How’s that sitting with the owners? Not great, folks.
Evan Drellich of The Athletic reported this morning that the owners want a shorter schedule than the 114 games the players proposed, likely because they want to increase the odds that they can get to a postseason before a potential second wave COVID-19 outbreak occurs, as many experts expect it will. The owners also, not surprisingly, still want salary reductions, which the players have not addressed due to their contention that the matter was settled. Drellich says that the players’ offer “hasn’t been rejected yet but that’s inevitable.”
Bob Klapisch of the Newark Star-Ledger is more blunt:
The sides are, as Drellich notes, still talking. It would appear, however, that the owners tack of negotiating through the media is continuing on as well.