The Giants are on the scoreboard first in Game 5 of the World Series against the Royals. The two teams are deadlocked in the series with two wins apiece.
Facing starter James Shields in the second inning, the Giants put the first two runners on base with consecutive singles from Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt. Travis Ishikawa then pushed both runners into scoring position with a deep fly ball to center field, which allowed both to tag up and advance. Brandon Crawford brought in Pence on a 4-3 ground out. Shields was able to retire Madison Bumgarner, always a tough out, with a ground ball to third base.
Bumgarner has looked sharp through three innings, holding the Royals scoreless on a pair of singles. He has struck out five and issued no walks on 40 pitches.
The Padres are set to recall top infield prospect Luis Urías from Triple-A El Paso, according to a report from Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. It’ll be the second such stint for the club’s no. 2 prospect, and one they hope to extend through the end of the season. A corresponding roster move will be announced later this weekend.
Urías, 22, struggled in his first promotion to the majors this April. Touted as “one of the Minors’ better pure hitters” with “innate bat-to-ball skills” and “plus on-base skills,” he found it difficult to adjust to big league pitching and slashed a lackluster .083/.241/.125 with just two hits and four walks over 11 games with the Padres.
Upon his return to Triple-A, however, the young middle infielder has delivered nothing short of spectacular results, batting .315/.398/.600 with 19 home runs, seven stolen bases (in nine chances), and a .998 OPS across 339 plate appearances. Given the additional measures he’s taken to improve his mechanics — something, Acee says, the Padres are far more interested in than his results at the plate — it seems he may be ready to handle the competition at the highest level on a long-term basis.
Urías is expected to be recalled in time for the Padres’ game against the Cubs on Saturday, where he’ll likely share the middle infield with fellow top prospect Fernando Tatís. The game is set for 2:20 PM EDT.