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.

Pete Alonso wins 2019 National League Rookie of the Year Award

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Mets first baseman Pete Alonso was named the 2019 National League Rookie of the Year as voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America. He received 29 of 30 first-place votes.

Alonso, 24, made the Mets’ Opening Day roster and, like Álvarez, looked major league-ready as soon as he debuted. He finished the season as the league leader in homers with 53 while also knocking in 120 runs, scoring 103 runs, and batting .260/.358/.583 over 693 trips to the plate. FanGraphs listed Alonso with 4.8 WAR, by far the most among rookies. Alonso also won a little thing called the Home Run Derby, earning $1 million in the process. He donated $50,000 apiece to two charities, Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Alonso, rated as the No. 48 prospect in baseball before the season started, is the first Met to win the award since starter Jacob deGrom in 2014. He is the sixth Met to win it, joining deGrom as well as Dwight Gooden (1984), Darryl Strawberry (1983), Jon Matlack (1972), and Tom Seaver (1967).

Braves starter Mike Soroka finished in second place and Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. finished in third. Also receiving votes were Bryan Reynolds, Dakota Hudson, and Victor Robles.