Bees delay Giants-Reds game

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The latest buzz from Cincinnati: a swarm of bees settled in on the backstop screen at Great American Ballpark shortly before the first pitch of this afternoon’s Giants-Reds game. It led to an 18-minute delay to the start of the game.

The bees were not totally removed before the game started. They just migrated to the upper deck. Which, well, if you’ve been to many games in Cincinnati lately, you know isn’t that full of people, so the umps deemed the situation under control. Bee abatement continued as the game began.

Derek Dietrich helped out too:

As for the game: the Reds jumped out to 5-0 lead in the first inning, plated two more in the second and now lead 7-1 entering the top of the fifth.

Honey of a ballgame for the home team, eh?

Nationals, Astros lineups for World Series Game 2

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The Nationals, believed by oddsmakers to be big underdogs in the World Series against the Astros, won arguably their toughest matchup last night by plating five runs against Gerrit Cole in a 5-4 win in Houston. They’ll take a 1-0 series lead into Wednesday night’s action featuring a duel between Stephen Strasburg and Justin Verlander. Here are the lineups for the two sides.

Nationals

SS Trea Turner
RF Adam Eaton
3B Anthony Rendon
LF Juan Soto
DH Howie Kendrick
2B Asdrúbal Cabrera
1B Ryan Zimmerman
C Kurt Suzuki
CF Victor Robles

SP Stephen Strasburg

No changes here. Manager Dave Martinez is rolling out the same exact lineup as he had in Game 1.

Astros

CF George Springer
2B José Altuve
LF Michael Brantley
3B Alex Bregman
1B Yuli Gurriel
DH Yordan Álvarez
SS Carlos Correa
C Robinson Chirinos
RF Josh Reddick

SP Justin Verlander

Likewise, Astros skipper A.J. Hinch has hardly changed his lineup. The only difference is Chirinos is doing the catching tonight as opposed to Martín Maldonado.

Springer notably did not give maximum effort on an RBI double he hit off of the wall in right-center field, thinking it was a home run. He could’ve had a triple. Springer and Hinch discussed it over the phone late last night, Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller reports. Hinch didn’t seem too concerned about it.