With a 7-run 2nd inning, KC forced a Game 7 in winning 10-0 tonight. Game 7 will match up 35 year old Jeremy Guthrie for KC vs. 39 yr. old Tim Hudson of S.F.
Of course, with Game 7, all hands are on deck. Could Baumgarner make a relief appearance?
Whatever, one game for all the marbles. It doesn’t get better than that.
Madison Baumgarner pitched a CG 4-hit shutout and SS Brandon Crawford drove in three runs as the San Francisco Giants shutout the Kansas City Royals 5-0 Sunday night to take a 3 games to 2 edge in the World Series.
The Series now goes back to KC for Game 6 on Tuesday night, and if necessary, Game 7 on Wednesday night. The Giants are one win away from their third title in five years.
Baumgarner, making a bid for WS MVP, has started four WS games in his career, and is 4-0 with a 0.29 era. He has given up just 1 run in 31 WS innings.
On a sad note, top Cardinals prospect Oscar Tavares was killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. He was just 22.
Hunter Pence had 3 hits and 3 RBI, and the Giants’ bullpen tossed 6 1/3 innings of scoreless relief after starter Ryan Vogelsong was knocked out in the third. Down 4-1 after 2 1/2, San Francisco came back to win 11-4 and even the World Series at two games apiece with Game 5 Sunday night.
Pablo Sandoval, seeking to become only the fourth player to win two WS MVPs in his career (Koufax, Gibson, Reggie Jackson; Sandoval won it in 2012), chipped in with two hits and two rbi.
I find it funny that there was talk over the Internet yesterday about the Giants possibly watering down the basepaths in order to slow down Kansas City’s running game. Heck, they did it in 1962 to try to slow down Maury Wills. It isn’t new… especially in San Francisco.
Alcides Escobar had two hits and scored two runs, and KC’s bullpen tossed four innings of no-hit ball as the Royals beat the Giants in Game 3 of the WS Friday night 3-2 to take a 2 games to 1 lead in the World Series.
Game 4 Saturday night.
Surprising news today as Joe Maddon opted out of his contract as manager of the Rays. He won’t be out of work long.
Kevin Long signs on as hitting coach for the Mets, not too long after the Yanks let him go.
Jimmy Rollins and Paul Konerko share the Roberto Clemente Award for giving back to the community.
The Kansas City Royals evened up the WS at one game apiece with a 7-2 win in Game 2. It was a big game for them, because they didn’t want to go into San Francisco down 0-2.
The Royals broke up a 2-2 tie with five in the sixth, the big blows being a 2-run double by Salvador Perez followed by a 2-run HR by Omar Infante.
Billy Butler also had 2 hits and 2 RBI for KC.
Gregor Blanco opened the game with a HR for SF.
The Series resumes Friday with Game 3 in San Francisco.
After winning b2b CYAs in 2008 and 2009, it’s amazing how far Tim Lincecum has fallen. From b2b CYAs to a mop up man in Game 2 of the WS. And he’s only 30.
Maybe after winning eight straight postseason games, KC was due for a loss. In any case, the game was basically over six batters in. Pedro Sandoval doubled in a run (another potential run was thrown out at the plate on the play) and Hunter Pence followed with a 2-run HR to put the San Francisco Giants up 3-0 in the top of the first. That would be all that Madison Baumgarner would need as the Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-1 in Game 1 of the World Series.
Baumgarner gave up just one run on three hits in seven innings of work.
KC’s James Shields has had a rough postseason. He passed a kidney stone the other day and it may have affected his pitching. Shades of the 1980 WS when George Brett had hemorrhoids. Shields is a free agent after the season and his postseason troubles are not helping him.
Meanwhile, Yankees prospect Greg Bird, a 1B who was in High A/Double A this year, was named a player of the week in the Arizona Fall League. He’s had a great start there so far.
So the 2014 WS is set: KC vs. SF. The Royals vs. the Giants. The AL (Royals) have the home-field advantage.
On Wednesday, the amazing Royals completed a sweep of the Baltimore Orioles to win the ALCS. They have won all eight postseason games they have played this year. They hadn’t been in a postseason since 1985, when they came back from a 3 games to 1 deficit to win the 1985 WS (with help from a blown call by umpire Don Denkinger). So that is 11 postseason wins in a row, granted over a span of 29 years.
Travis Ishikawa’s 3-run walk off HR gave the Giants the NL pennant last night. The Giants won the NLCS 4 games to 1. The St. Louis Cardinals had a 3-2 lead in the eighth, but Michael Morse’s PH HR tied it up. The Cards threatened and did not score in the top of the 9th, then Ishikawa’s blast in the bottom of the 9th sent the Giants into the WS.
It’ll be the third WS appearance for the Giants in the past 5 years (2010, 2012 and now 2014). The Giants won it all in 2010 and 2012. If they win this year, are they already the team of the decade? They aren’t a “powerhouse” in the traditional sense of the word, like when you think of the old Murderers Row Yankees, but three WS titles in 5 years is saying something in this day and age.
Another thing of note: both pennant winners are wild cards.