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The World Series was slipping away from the San Francisco Giants. A botched grounder led to a three-run deficit, and they were in danger of falling behind the Kansas City Royals three games to one. Pablo Sandoval’s single set up Hunter Pence to score the tying run in the fifth inning and the 2012 Series MVP followed with a go-ahead, two-run single in the sixth that sent the Giants surging past the Kansas City Royals 11-4 Saturday night at pulsating AT&T Park. The Series is tied at two games apiece, ensuring the title will be decided at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium next week.
Posted on 26 October 2014 @ 6:13 am
Kansas City manager Ned Yost could tell he was going to lose his challenge, even before the umpires got the final word from the replay room. Yost became the first manager to challenge a call in the World Series under Major League Baseball’s expanded review system, asking for another look in Game 4 on Saturday after San Francisco’s Joaquin Arias was ruled safe on a pickoff play at second base. In the meantime, Giants fans cheered louder and louder when the replay on the center-field video board showed Arias beat shortstop Alcides Escobar’s tag in the sixth inning. ”But it was worth a shot.” Crew chief Jeff Kellogg, who made the original call at second base, signaled safe after getting the word from umpire Jerry Meals in the New York replay center.
Posted on 26 October 2014 @ 5:44 am
Yusmeiro Petit bounced off the mound pumping his fists and shouting ”Let’s go!” The right-hander from Venezuela certainly has found his swagger this October as a lights-out long man who delivers in the clutch game after game, inning after inning. He did it again Saturday night for the San Francisco Giants, pitching three scoreless innings of relief against the Kansas City Royals in an 11-4 victory that tied the World Series at two games apiece. Petit came oh-so-close to throwing a perfect game in 2013 – now he’s a perfect 3-0 this postseason. He entered in the fourth inning of Game 4 with the Giants trailing 4-2 and held Kansas City in check while his teammates rallied.
Posted on 26 October 2014 @ 5:44 am
Bryan Stow hollered ”Play ball!” and the sellout crowd roared. Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan brutally beaten outside Dodger Stadium on opening day of the 2011 season, did his part to get Game 4 of the World Series started Saturday at AT&T Park. From a wheelchair near San Francisco’s dugout – and with Giants third base coach Tim Flannery and reliever Jeremy Affeldt by his side – Stow hollered, ”Welcome to the Kansas City Royals and your San Francisco Giants! Whoo! … Play ball!” Flannery kissed Stow on the head. He feels like he is part of the team.” Stow also attended Game 2 of the 2012 World Series at AT&T Park.
Posted on 26 October 2014 @ 1:30 am
When it comes to the Royals’ running game, Kansas City manager Ned Yost thinks the San Francisco Giants are being sticks in the mud. The Royals concluded the dirt was hosed down with extra vigor. ”Maybe the groundskeeper just was looking at all the Royals fans up in the corner there and just forgot,” Yost said Saturday. When Moose (Mike Moustakas) or somebody got on – it might have been Moose – and he dove back into first base and he came up extremely muddy, I thought that it was a little damper than normal, yeah.” Giants manager Bruce Bochy claimed he had not perceived any unusual moisture.
Posted on 26 October 2014 @ 12:45 am
Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton expects to have a normal offseason of conditioning as he recovers from his facial injuries. Stanton was struck under the left eye by a fastball from Milwaukee’s Mike Fiers on Sept. 11, ending his season. The outfielder attended Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday to accept the Hank Aaron Award, given by Major League Baseball to the top offensive performer in each league. ”It was a long process of just kind of laying around the house, and not being able to leave too much,” Stanton said.
Posted on 26 October 2014 @ 12:36 am
When it came down to it, the San Francisco Giants decided that having a fully rested Madison Bumgarner starting one game was preferable than trying to send him out twice on short rest. So Bumgarner will take his sterling postseason resume into Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night on his usual four days’ rest when the Giants take on James Shields and the Kansas City Royals in the final game of the season in San Francisco. Bumgarner would be available in relief in Game 7 if necessary. ”I don’t think at this point we should push Madison either,” manager Bruce Bochy said.
Posted on 25 October 2014 @ 9:57 pm