The move frees up a spot on the team's 40-man roster. Soto received just 30 at-bats in the majors. He hit .100.Analysis:
Hester will receive an invite to spring training, where he'll attempt to make the 25-man roster. He spent most of last season in Triple-A.Analysis:
Williams was a first-round pick of San Francisco in 2007.Analysis:
Perez struck the only blow the Royals could manage on offense, finally getting a run off Giants starter Madison Bumgarner after he allowed only two hits through six scoreless innings. By the time of Perez's bomb, the Royals were dug in a hole from which they couldn't escape. It's a rare sign of life from the catcher's bat, as he's hit just .135/.158/.216 in 37 postseason at-bats despite the Royals racking up win after win in the first three rounds.Analysis:
Among them is southpaw starter Wei-Yin Chen, whose $4.75 million option for 2015 will be picked up. The team will do the same for impressive right-handed reliever Darren O'Day, whose $4.25 million option will also be picked up.
The exception is catcher Nick Hundley. The team will not exercise his $2.5 million option, making him a free agent.Analysis:
Cruz struck in the fourth inning. With the game tied, Cruz stepped to the plate with the bases empty. On the second pitch of the at-bat, he belted an 88 mph slider out to left to put his team ahead. Cruz would also walk twice during the contest. He finished 1 for 2, with two runs scored and one RBI.Analysis:
Molina is dealing with an oblique injury, and is still having trouble swinging a bat. Tony Cruz will get the start with Molina on the bench.Analysis:
General manager Neal Huntington has said the club will do whatever it can to retain Martin, but there's some believe he's already priced himself out of Pittsburgh's budget. The club reportedly offered Martin a long-term deal during the season, but Martin declined.
With the qualifying offer, Martin could return to the Pirates for one season at a $15.3 million salary. He's expected to receive a lucrative multi-year deal on the market, so he may end up declining that offer. Martin hit .290/.402/.430 over 379 at-bats.Analysis:
Posey put the Giants on the board with a sacrifice fly in the first inning to tie the score 1-1. The Cardinals were able to put three more runs on the board in the next two innings, but Posey responded with an RBI single in the bottom of the third inning. After the Giants took a lead in the sixth, the catcher added an insurance run with another RBI single. Posey has posted a .333 batting average in 39 postseason at-bats but has yet to mange an extra-base hit. Even so, his excellent Game 4 performance has the Giants one win away from heading to the World Series. Game 5 is set for Thursday.Analysis: