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.

White Sox shut down Lucas Giolito for remainder of season

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The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that the White Sox are shutting down starter Lucas Giolito for the remainder of a season. An MRI revealed a mild lat strain, which typically comes with a three- to four-week recovery timetable. The third-place, 65-84 White Sox have nothing left to play for, so it makes sense to play it safe with their prized young hurler.

Giolito, 25, had a breakout season. He went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and a 228/57 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He made his first All-Star team and will likely earn a few downballot votes for the AL Cy Young Award.

Giolito was scheduled to start Tuesday’s series opener against the Twins. Ross Detwiler will start in his place opposite Martín Pérez.