Kansas City Takes Game 2 from the San Francisco Giants


It was a rough night for the San Francisco Giants, as they struggled to get runs across in a 7-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals in game two of the World Series. The Giants had nine hits in the game, but it was not enough for a victory as the Giants’ hitters were dominated by the deep and hard throwing Kansas City bullpen.

The Giants started off the night with a bang on a leadoff solo home run to right in an eight-pitch at-bat by Gregor Blanco to give the Giants an early 1-0 lead. However, the Royals would quickly respond by jumping on Jake Peavy early by getting three hits and a walk in the bottom of the first to tie the game at one.

In the bottom of the second, the Royals continued to hit off of Peavy by getting a double from both Omar Infante and Alcides Escobar, giving the Royals an early 2-1 lead over the Giants.

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In the third, Peavy would settle down and have a quick three up, three down inning to keep the Giants’ run deficit to a single run.

In the bottom of the third, Pablo Sandoval led off the inning with a blast to straight away center for a double. The next batter was Hunter Pence, but he failed to advance Sandoval to third by grounding out to short. Then, Brandon Belt would bat and get a big double that scored Sandoval to tie the game at two.

But the Giants would fail to score more with a strange double play that involved a flyout to right by Michael Morse and Belt being thrown out at second on a failed attempt to tag up and advance to third.

In the fourth and fifth innings, Peavy would continue to retire batters in order by having two more quick three up,three down innings.

In the top of the fifth, the Giants threatened to score by getting a couple runners on base but could not get them home.

Once again in the top of the sixth, the Giants had an opportunity to score with singles from Buster Posey and Pence, which would knock out the hard throwing Yordano Ventura. In came the 100 MPH thrower Kelvin Herrera, but he got Belt and Morse quickly to end the inning.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Royals jumped on Peavy once again with a leadoff single by Lorenzo Cain that was followed up by a walk to Eric Hosmer, resulting in to on with no outs. With this, Peavy’s night would be done, and Jean Machi came on in relief, only to give up an RBI single to Billy Butler that would give the Royals a 3-2 lead in the sixth still with no outs in the inning.

Then, Javier Lopez would come in to face the left-handed batter Alex Gordon, and he got Gordon to pop-out to left. Next, the young right-hander Hunter Strickland came in to face Salvador Perez who ripped a two-run double off Strickland to make it a 5-3 lead for the Royals. Strickland stayed in to face Infante who belted a two-run home run to left to cap the Royals’ lead at 7-2. Strickland was taken out and replaced by Jeremy Affeldt to finish the inning by getting Escobar to ground into a double play after giving up a single to Mike Moustakas.

The Giants would then go quietly in order in the top of eighth and fail to start a two-out rally in the ninth after Brandon Crawford got a base hit off of Royals closer Greg Holland.

Game three will be Friday night in San Francisco with Tim Hudson on the mound for the Giants and Jeremy Guthrie for the Kansas City Royals.