10-0! The Royals romp, tie it up at three games a piece

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KANSAS CITY — In the bottom of the fifth inning the Royals scored their ninth run, making it 9-0. That’s the same score, per the rules of baseball, that is awarded in a forfeit. It made me wonder if Bruce Bochy should’ve maybe pulled his club from the field, taken their 9-0 loss on the technicality and at least gotten a good night’s sleep.

OK, maybe he wouldn’t ever consider that. But it certainly would’ve been interesting. Much more interesting than what went down in Kauffman Stadium tonight. At least if you’re not a Royals fan. They won it 10-0, forcing a Game 7.

It was over before it began, almost, with the Royals pouncing on Jake Peavy for five runs in an inning and a third and not letting up against Yusmeiro Petit, notching another two runs on three hits off him. At the end of the second inning — which, by my estimate, lasted approximately an eon — it was 7-0. At that point ballwriters were canceling their Wednesday flights and confirming their Thursday flights.

Everyone got in on the party for the Royals, with all nine of the Royals starters getting a hit by the end of the third inning. Lorenzo Cain led the way, driving in three. Mike Moustakas hit a homer — of of Hunter Strickland, naturally — but it was certainly a team effort. And more than enough for Royals starter Yordano Ventura who, while walking five guys, pitched out of those jams and otherwise cruised, shutting the Giants out for seven innings.

Given that TV ratings are based on averages of viewers for every 15 minute block, and given that most of America is excused if they tuned out in the second inning, I suspect that this game will be among the lowest rated World Series games in history. Someone may make some hay out of that tomorrow morning. If they do, tell them to shove it. Why?

Because now we get a Game 7. And there’s nothing better than a Game 7.

Adeiny Hechavarría rejoins Braves on one-year, $1 million deal

Adeiny Hechavarría
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On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría reunited on a one-year, $1 million contract.

Hechavarría, 30, began the season with the Mets but was released in mid-August and joined the Braves shortly thereafter. He enjoyed more success in Atlanta, albeit in a smaller sample size. In aggregate, Hechavarría hit .241/.299/.443 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 221 trips to the plate. More importantly, he provided versatility with above-average defense.

The Braves are banking on Hechavarría doing more of the same in 2020 as a backup infielder. He will spell Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Austin Riley as needed.