Yuli Gurriel opened the scoring in Game 7 of the World Series, lining a Max Scherzer slider into the left field seats at Minute Maid Park for a solo home run to lead off the second inning.
Scherzer worked around a two-out walk of Michael Brantley in the first inning for a scoreless frame. He seemed to be missing his location arm-side a bit. Scherzer certainly missed his location with the slider to Gurriel.
The Astros continued to apply pressure to Scherzer, as Yordan Álvarez and Carlos Correa hit back-to-back singles. Scherzer got some help, though, as Robinson Chirinos popped up a sacrifice bunt attempt. Josh Reddick then grounded out and George Springer lined out to end the inning. The Nationals have to feel fortunate to only be down 1-0 after that inning.
Robert Murray reports that Brewers infielder Luis Urías underwent surgery to repair a fractured left hamate bone, suffered during a game in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. The club expects him to miss six to eight weeks, which likely means he will not start the regular season on time.
The Brewers acquired Urías from the Padres along with pitcher Eric Lauer in late November in exchange for pitcher Zach Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham.
Last season with the Padres, Urías hit .223/.329/.326 across 249 plate appearances. While his offense isn’t anything to write home about, he does play above-average defense with the ability to play several positions.
Urías was slated to be the regular shortstop, so his late start likely means Orlando Arcia will get another chance to prove himself. Arcia has failed to live up to expectations across four seasons in the big leagues thus far.