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Video: Kevin Pillar denies home run with an incredible catch

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The day after their remarkable eight-run comeback to topple the Reds in extra innings, the Giants had a difficult time getting their offense going again. Defense, however, didn’t seem to be as much of a problem, at least not for center fielder Kevin Pillar.

With the Reds up 5-1 in the bottom of the third, Cincinnati rookie Nick Senzel stepped up to bat against Dereck Rodríguez in hopes of extending the club’s four-run lead. He worked a 3-2 count off Rodríguez, then returned a 91-m.p.h. fastball out to the deepest part of center field — where it was promptly denied entrance after Pillar scaled the fence to make the catch:

Unfortunately for the Giants, Pillar’s incredible antics weren’t enough to keep the Reds at bay forever. Tucker Barnhart and Derek Dietrich returned with solo home runs in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, while Senzel later redeemed his previous fly out with his first career home run, this time taking care to steer it well past his previous target.

The Reds currently lead the Giants 8-2 in the seventh.

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.