Christian Bethancourt’s first major league homer helps Braves walk off against the Pirates

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Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt took 208 plate appearances before hitting his first home run in the major leagues, and it was a big one. Leading off the bottom of the ninth inning against Pirates reliever Vance Worley with the game tied at 4-4, Bethancourt drove a first pitch breaking ball to the opposite field, just sneaking over the fence in the right field corner for a walk-off solo home run.

Starter Julio Teheran pitched well, but faltered late which allowed the Pirates to score twice to tie the game at 4-4 in the eighth inning. Closer Jason Grilli got the win after pitching a scoreless top half of the ninth inning. The win halts a three-game losing streak for the Braves.

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Along with the one home run, Bethancourt has knocked in nine runs while batting .205/.231/.307.

Red Sox employees “livid” over team pay cut plan

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Even Drellich of The Athletic reports that the Boston Red Sox are cutting the pay of team employees. Those cuts, which began to be communicated last night, apply to all employees making $50,000 or more. They are tiered cuts, with people making $50-99,000 seeing salary cut by 20%, those making $100k-$499,000 seeing $25% cuts and those making $500,000 or more getting 30% cuts.

Drellich reported that a Red Sox employee told him that “people are livid” over the fact that those making $100K are being treated the same way as those making $500K. And, yes, that does seem to be a pretty wide spread for similar pay cuts. One would think that a team with as many analytically-oriented people on staff could perhaps break things down a bit more granularly.

Notable in all of this that the same folks who own the Red Sox — Fenway Sports Group — own Liverpool FC of the English Premier League, and that just last month Liverpool’s pay cut/employee furlough policies proved so unpopular that they led to a backlash and a subsequent reversal by the club. That came after intense criticism from Liverpool fan groups and local politicians. Sox owner John Henry must be confident that no such backlash will happen in Boston.

As we noted yesterday, The Kansas City Royals, who are not as financially successful as the Boston Red Sox, have not furloughed employees or cut pay as a result of baseball’s shutdown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps someone in Boston could call the Royals and ask them how they managed that.