Royals Beat Giants in Fiesty Game 2, 7-2: Your 2014 World Series Roundup
With the Kansas City Royals reeling over a one-game losing streak in the postseason, the Royals were able to win Game 2 Tuesday night against the San Francisco Giants, 7-2 – and we had you covered with our live blog.
Watching the Fox pregame made me think a few things:
Does anyone look as uncomfortable in a suit as Nick Swisher does tonight?
Who else is praying for Big Papi to drop an F-bomb on Kansas Effing City!?!
Seeing that Frank Thomas was like the little step-brother to Bo Jackson and Charles Barkley in the Auburn “SEC Storied” episode was just awesome. You expected to see Barkley grab him and give him a noogie.
As hard as Royals rookie pitcher Yordano Ventura throws (above 100 mph at times), and after the ridiculous amount of Tommy John surgeries we've seen this season, it's tough to imagine Ventura won't be on that list at some point. He's the youngest pitcher to start a game in the World Series since Jaret Wright did it for the Indians in 1997.
Gregor Blanco blasts a pitch into the bullpen in right field, and 37,000 Royals fans in Kauffman Stadium just quieted down, and checked their phones to see if they missed any important emails.
Blanco 1st to lead off top of 1st in a WS game with a HR since Johnny Damon in 2004. Last NL player to do it was Lenny Dykstra in 1986
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) October 23, 2014
The Royals are aggressive, if anything, and Alcides Escobar got thrown out trying to steal with Lorenzo Cain at the plate. Aggressiveness is nothing new to this team, but shooting yourself in the foot isn't great either. Luckily, Cain smokes a double past a diving Travis Ishikawa, and the Royals got someone to second base anyway. (They could've had a man at third base, but hey ...
Luckily, Jake Peavy is looking like the Jake Peavy we remembered, and he walks Eric Hosmer before giving up a hot grounder to Country Breakfast past short to bring in Cain to tie the game up.
Ishikawa actually screwed up not throwing to third base, allowing Hosmer to make it to the corner. They had no shot at getting Cain out at home. No harm, though, as the Alex Gordon flies out.
TIE BALLGAME AFTER ONE!
Best Nicknames in Baseball Right Now
"Country Breakfast" for Billy Butler
"Kung Fu Panda" for Pablo Sandoval
"The Flyin' Hawaiian" for Shane Victorino
"The Millville Meteor" for Mike Trout
Start of SECOND INNING: 1-1, Who's Winning? The Bears.
The Royals are 4-0 this postseason when scoring in the 1st inning
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 23, 2014
The helmet desperately tried to stay on. 99 mph up and in-ish will do that. http://t.co/OKacrAgAns
— VICE Sports (@VICESports) October 23, 2014
I'm actually beginning to root against this series going seven games, just so we can move on from the Hunter Pence face stuff. It bugs me, but I'm not sure why.
— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) October 23, 2014
After Ventura settled down for a much better second stanza, Peavy returns to his unsteady ways, allowing the back of the little guys to do some damage. Omar Infante and Alcides Escobar hit back-to-back doubles, and the Royals take their first lead of the game. Peavy was yelling at himself after bouncing a pitch about eight feet short of his catcher at one point. He's feisty!
Jake Peavy 29 pitches, 1 missed swing, 2 runs allowed.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 23, 2014
Start of THIRD INNING: Royals Take the Lead! 2-1 K.C.
One of the best defensive plays of the young World Series so far, as Hosmer makes a nice play to grab Joe Panik's grounder, and then dives to tag first base ahead of the runner for the second out. Then Escobar follows up with a nice play of his own to end the inning.
Start of FOURTH INNING: Kansas City 2, San Francisco 1.
On the very first pitch of the inning, Sandoval ropes a double over the head of Cain in center field, and Kung Fu Panda now has reached base in 25 straight postseason games. He's really getting hot at a great time -- for both the Giants and himself, since he'll be a free agent after this season.
Aoki misplays Brandon Belt's basehit and the Giants are able to tie the game back up at two, as Sandoval scores from second. But then, on Mike Morse's flyball, Aoki's flub ends up helping the Royals, as his bad throw into the infield makes Belt leave second base just a little too early. He gets thrown out trying to dive back to second base.
It's a tie ballgame, once again.
Start of FIFTH INNING: Kansas City 2, San Francisco 2.
Hey Marlins fan behind home plate -- it was cute the first game. But now he's just starting to look like King Douche. I really don't have a problem with him wearing his Marlins jacket to the game, but it's so obvious he had to pay for that specific seat just so he could be a huge source of controversy during the games at K.C.
If a Royals fan sat in that seat at Marlins Park, I'm guessing he'd also think that guy's a douche.
Meanwhile, the Giants get one baserunner in Panik, but they can't move him past first base in the top half.
Start of SIXTH INNING: Kansas City 2, San Francisco 2.
The Giants jumped on Ventura pretty quick in their third turn against the young pitcher, and it's obvious, they're starting to catch up to his arm. Cain can't make a play in center, but he is able to keep the ball in front of him, which keeps it to just a one-base hit.
Ventura leaves the ballgame after 5 1/3 innings, with two runners on base, and one out. The crowd gives him a nice ovation, but he's the pitcher on record for a loss if those runners cross the plate.
Kelvin Herrera comes in and his first pitch hits 101 mph on the radar gun. This bullpen is just amazing.
Harold Reynolds has the best line of the night, as he calls Herrera's fastball a "Black-and-Decker ball," as it chops through Mike Morse's bat, sending it into splinters near the batter's box.
— John Holt (@JohnHoltNews) October 23, 2014
Herrera forces Morse to hit into a fielder's choice to end the inning, and Ventura is off the hook.
Peavy follows suit and also allows two baserunners, but he's exiting the game without getting an out in the sixth inning. He finished with just 66 pitches thrown, and the Giants have to dip into their bullpen now. Part of the reason for that is because Kansas City's bullpen is so dominant, they can't afford to have them get a lead now.
Butler pokes a hard drive to left field -- and Cain got the go-ahead at third base, even though he was just touching third base as Ishikawa was fielding the ball in left field. Amazingly, there wasn't even a throw at the plate. The Royals retake the lead. 3-2.
The Royals really turned it up, as Hunter Strickland gives up a liner to left field for Salvador Perez, who had been pretty cold so far, and then Omar Infante smacks a shot into the bullpen in left to open this game up.
Strickland was NOT a fan of something Perez did, and the pitcher started screaming at him after Perez crossed the plate. Perez seemed perplexed about it, but started talking trash too. Both benches halfheartedly come up the steps, until the umps shut it down.
The Giants have now tied a World Series record using five pitchers in just one inning. I'm guessing they wished they left Peavy in.
Actually, it looks like Strickland was just screaming at himself for a bad pitch, and Perez thought he was yelling at him. It's basically how every fight begins in any bar across middle America.
Start of SEVENTH INNING: Kansas City 7, San Francisco 2.
Over/under on how many more times we see Hunter Strickland in #WorldSeries? This leaves Bochy with two guys he won't use.
— robneyer (@robneyer) October 23, 2014
The Budweiser commercial where the guy leaves his awesome dog to go drink with his friends -- and then leaves his dog inside overnight makes me want to punch the guy. He comes home and explains to his pup, who has likely pissed and pooped everywhere, that he drank too much and he didn't want to drive.
I get the Budweiser wants us to plan our drinking better, and a sad dog is better than a car wrapped around a telephone pole, but who are these assholes that are making this decision!?! Take a damn cab, you douchebag!
Tim Lincecum enters the game to start the bottom of the seventh inning for the Giants. It has to be nice to have a two-time Cy Young winner in your bullpen.
Start of EIGHTH INNING: Kansas City 7, San Francisco 2.
Wade Davis got through the eighth just fine, but Lincecum has to come out of the game with two outs in the eighth inning with some type of injury. He immediately called for trainers to come out, talked with them, and eventually headed off the field and down the tunnel to get checked out. Might be a hyper-extended knee.
Start of NINTH INNING: Kansas City 7, San Francisco 2.
Greg Holland comes into the game to shut this game down and send it to the Bay Area. No, not St. Petersburg/Tampa, I'm talking about the "other" Bay Area.
Holland allows a bloop single, but he strikes out three batters and the Royals are feeling much better heading to San Francisco than they were last night.
Meanwhile, Hunter Strickland will be taking some YouTube anger management classes on the flight back.
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