Sunday, October 26, 2014

World Series: Game Four

I kept assuming that this Series was going to be wrapped up quickly, like all the other playoff series this year, but the Royals and Giants have surprised me.  Here's what has happened so far:

Game 1 (at K.C.):  San Francisco 7, Kansas City 1
Game 2 (at K.C.):  Kansas City 7, San Francisco 2
Game 3 (at S.F.):  Kansas City 3, San Francisco 2
Game 4 (at S.F.):  San Francisco 11, Kansas City 4

Last night's game was actually much more dramatic than the score would indicate.  Kansas City led 4-2 going into the bottom of the 5th, and they were only six outs away from turning the game over to their three-headed bullpen monster of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland.  But the Giants, like the champions they are, rose up to save their season.  A two-run rally in the bottom of the 5th tied the game at 4, and in the bottom of the 6th the Giants loaded the bases with one out against Royals rookie Brandon Finnegan.  With the infield pulled in, Finnegan induced Hunter Pence to ground into a force out at the plate.  Now Finnegan needed only one more out to escape the inning with a tie.  But Pablo Sandoval -- who has been great in this post-season -- whacked a single up the middle to score two runs, and then Brandon Belt poked another single up the middle to make the score 7-4.

There was no point in using Herrera, Davis, or Holland in a game where Kansas City was trailing, and the Giants whacked around the rest of the Royals' bullpen for four more runs.

So the Series is all tied at two, and there will be at least two more baseball games in 2014.

Kansas City and San Francisco are tied 2-2.

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