San Francisco Giants Take Game One, Home Field From Royals


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.



    San Francisco

    Gregor BlancoCF321102001.333
    Joe Panik2B511100104.200
    Buster PoseyC501000004.200
    Pablo Sandoval3B512200000.400
    Hunter PenceRF322212000.667
    Brandon Belt1B411001203.250
    Michael MorseDH501100305.200
    Travis IshikawaLF100000000.000
    Juan PérezPH-LF200000100.000
    Brandon CrawfordSS301001000.333


    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)

    Kansas City

    Alcides EscobarSS401000102.250
    Nori AokiRF400000103.000
    Lorenzo CainCF200001100.000
    Eric Hosmer1B400000004.000
    Billy ButlerDH301000000.333
    Josh WillinghamPH-DH100000100.000
    Alex GordonLF300000101.000
    Salvador PérezC311110101.333
    Omar Infante2B300000000.000
    Mike Moustakas3B301000100.333


    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


    San Francisco

    Madison Bumgarner(W, 1-0)7.03111510.571.29
    Javier López1.01000001.000.00
    Hunter Strickland1.00000200.000.00

    Kansas City

    James Shields(L, 0-1)3.07551112.6715.00
    Danny Duffy3.01223301.336.00
    Tim Collins2.02001201.500.00
    Jason Frasor1.00001101.000.00

    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 Details

    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.

    Attendance: 40,459.