San Francisco Giants Take Game One, Home Field From Royals
By Dan Hughes
The Kansas City Royals entered the 2014 World Series as the hottest team in baseball. Unfortunately for them, their streak through the playoffs forced them to have several days off.
They looked flat and committed several mental mistakes as the San Francisco Giants put on an offensive clinic, routing the Royals in Game one 7-1 Tuesday night.
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The Giants jumped ahead 3-0 in the first inning thanks to a 3-run homer by Hunter Pence off James Shields. Shields has not been anything close to the “Big Game” pitcher he has been in the regular season. Shields has a 7.11 ERA this postseason, which includes the five runs he allowed in 3+ innings of work Tuesday.
On the other side, there was Madison Bumgarner, who had Royals batters on their heels all night. MadBum allowed only three hits and one walk through 7 IP. The one run was a solo homer off the bat of Salvador Perez in the 7th.
Former Seattle Mariner Mike Morse was 1-for-5 with an RBI as the Giants’ designated hitter. He also struck out three times and stranded five men on base, if that gives you any idea of how much bigger the lead could have been.
Game Two is Wednesday night in Kansas City. Jake Peavy takes the mound for the Giants while Yordano Ventura looks to keep the Royals from heading to San Fran down 0-2.
2B – P Sandoval (1, J Shields); H Pence (1, J Shields)
3B – J Panik (1, D Duffy)
HR – H Pence (1, 1st inning off J Shields 1 on, 2 Out)
S – J Perez
RBI – G Blanco (1), J Panik (1), P Sandoval 2 (2), H Pence 2 (2), M Morse (1)
2-out RBI – H Pence 2
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – B Posey 2, M Morse 2
Team LOB – 9
E – B Crawford (1, field)
DP – 2 (M Bumgarner-J Panik-B Belt, J Panik-B Crawford-B Belt)
2B – M Moustakas (1, M Bumgarner)
HR – S Perez (1, 7th inning off M Bumgarner 0 on, 2 Out)
RBI – S Perez (1)
2-out RBI – S Perez
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – E Hosmer 2
GIDP – N Aoki, S Perez
Team LOB – 4
E – M Moustakas (1, field)
Outfield assists – N Aoki
|Madison Bumgarner(W, 1-0)||7.0||3||1||1||1||5||1||0.57||1.29|
|James Shields(L, 0-1)||3.0||7||5||5||1||1||1||2.67||15.00|
WP – J Shields, T Collins
HBP – L Cain (by M Bumgarner)
Pitches-strikes – M Bumgarner 106-71; J Lopez 9-6; H Strickland 14-10; J Shields 71-40; D Duffy 59-37; T Collins 31-20; J Frasor 16-10
Ground balls-fly balls – M Bumgarner 8-7; J Lopez 2-0; H Strickland 1-0; J Shields 2-6; D Duffy 3-2; T Collins 1-3; J Frasor 3-0
Batters faced – M Bumgarner 26; J Lopez 3; H Strickland 3; J Shields 16; D Duffy 13; T Collins 9; J Frasor 5
Game Time: 3:32.
Umpires: HP–Jerry Meals. 1B–Eric Cooper. 2B–Jim Reynolds. 3B–Ted Barrett. RF–Jeff Kellogg. LF–Hunter Wendelstedt.
Weather: 66 degrees, Clear.
Wind: 4 mph, Right to Left.