Giants starter Jake Peavy suffered a bruised right thumb while trying to reach for a foul ball in Game 3 of the World Series last Friday in San Francisco and didn’t have much finish on his pitches out of the gate in Game 6. Peavy made it just 1 1/3 innings, taking five earned runs, and the Royals then continued the early offensive outburst against reliever Yusmeiro Petit. They will carry a massive 7-0 lead into the third inning Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Peavy’s was the shortest World Series outing since David Wells in Game 5 of the 2003 Fall Classic, but Wells departed that outing because of a lower back injury.
Peavy had nothing, and now the Royals are well on their way to forcing a Game 7.
Last night Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was placed on the injured list with a strained muscle in his right foot. That injury inspired the Cubs to go out and get another catcher. They acquired Martín Maldonado in a trade with Kansas City in exchange for lefty Mike Montgomery, in a deal that was announced after the Cubs loss to the Reds.
Maldonado, 32, was a Gold Glove winner in 2017 with the Angels. At the moment he’s hitting .227 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 74 games. Obviously, though, defense is his calling card, as he’s a .220 career hitter with 57 homers and 210 RBIs in 686 games.
Montgomery, 30, is 1-2 with a 5.67 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Cubs this year. He’s heading back to where his pro career began. He was drafted by Kanas City in 2008, though he was traded away in the James Shields/Wade David/Wil Myers deal in 2012. He made his big league debut for Seattle in 2015. Dayton Moore said last night that the Royals plan to use Montgomery in the rotation as a replacement for Homer Bailey, who was dealt to Oakland on Sunday.