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.

Marlins sign Brandon Kintzler to one-year, $3.25 million deal

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Jon Morosi reported on Saturday that the Marlins signed veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. The deal includes a club option for 2020 worth $4 million with a $250,000 buyout, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.

Kintzler, 35, put up a terrific 2.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks over 57 innings for the Cubs last season. He’s been mostly good in recent years, but relievers in their mid-30’s have had a tough time finding multi-year deals.

The Marlins have a handful of players who could rack up saves this coming season, namely Drew Steckenrider and José Ureña along with Kintzler. The club will likely use spring training to determine an official closer, if they name one at all. The Marlins have also expressed interest in free agent Pedro Strop.