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Giants Win Game 4
The San Francisco Giants got down, 4-1, early, fought back to tie the game in the fifth inning, and then blew it open in the sixth and the seventh, defeating the Kansas City Royals, 11-4, in Game Four of the 2014 World Series. Hunter Pence, with three hits and three RBI’s, and Pablo Sandoval, with two crucial singles, including the one that broke the 4-4 tie, in the sixth inning, were only two of the heros, as every position player got at least one hit.
Just as the Giants could not get out of the sixth, the past two games, now it was Ned Yost’s turn to spin dials endlessly, only to see all of his plans shot down in flames, by the suddenly torrid Giants bats. In all, they had sixteen hits, only three of them for extra base hits, all doubles.
Four Kansas City relievers gave up a total of eight runs, on nine hits, with three walks thrown in.
It was the reverse of what Giants fans have seen in Games Two and Three, and gives them hope that with Madison Bumgarner going Sunday night, the Giants can take a three-games-to-two lead, going back to Kansas City.
The Oakland Raiders will have a whirlwind of a head coaching search this offseason, as they know that they need to hit on a top coach after striking out with Dennis Allen. In order to attract a top coach, it’s probably best for the Raiders to fire GM Reggie McKenzie so that they can add a marquee HC-GM pairing that will have a good working relationship to help avoid any awkward scenarios. Jon Gruden has always been named as a potential head coaching candidate for the Raiders, and some believe that a reunion could finally happen next year with Allen out of the way.
Per three sources close to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Gruden implored the Raiders throughout the first round to draft Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel, and this report is just filled with intrigue. Manziel is a lightning rod for just about everything, and he’s already just getting back into the news after Brian Hoyer struggled last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Golden State Warriors have less than week to sign Klay Thompson to a contract extension or risk losing him after this season, but there appears to be little sense of urgency to get it done.
According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Warriors and Thompson are not seeing eye-to-eye, and Thompson’s camp is “frustrated” at the lack of progress. Thompson is reportedly seeking a max contract worth upward of $15 million, something that Warriors’ owner Joe Lacob is not willing to offer.
Spears reports that the Warriors have offered a value “in the vicinity” of a max contract, but that obviously is not satisfying the fourth-year guard out of Washington State.