The Indians’ lead only lasted an inning and a half. George Springer saw to that, hitting a one-out homer off of Mike Clevinger to tie things up at one in the fifth.
It was the first offering Springer saw — an 81 m.p.h. slider that hung more than it slid — and Springer turned it into this ninth career postseason homer, which is a new Astros team record.
Clevinger finished off the fifth inning, striking out Jose Altuve, walking Alex Bregman and then bearing down to strike out Yuli Gurriel, but he’s at 99 pitches now, so we’re likely to see Terry Francona go to the pen to begin the top of the sixth.
Here’s the Springer Dinger:
Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.
The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”
Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.
Now, however, Kopech has opted out.