Oct 26, 2014 8:13 PM
Bumgarner, Shields set to go in Game 5 of Series
The Associated Press
After a full day of football, time to shift gears and get ready for Game 5 of the World Series.
Just a few spare minutes to make a quick run to the fridge for a refill before the first pitch in San Francisco.
Big one coming up, to say the least. With the Royals and Giants tied at two games apiece, San Francisco sends October ace Madison Bumgarner to the mound against scuffling James Shields.
Bumgarner is 3-1 with a 1.40 ERA in five starts this postseason. He's also 3-0 in three career World Series outings, allowing one run in 22 innings.
Shields, meanwhile, is 1-1 with a 7.11 ERA in four games this postseason. He was tagged by the Giants for five runs and seven hits over three-plus innings in a Game 1 loss to Bumgarner.
It could be Shields' final start in a Kansas City uniform. The right-hander can become a free agent after the World Series.
After batting practice on a sun-splashed afternoon, the ceremonial first pitch an eephus pitch was thrown out by Zak Williams, a son of late actor Robin Williams, a longtime Giants fan. The pitch was caught by Robin Williams' friend, Billy Crystal, and a video tribute was played at AT&T Park.
Darren Baker, son of Giants manager Dusty Baker, delivered the game ball along with former San Francisco first baseman J.T. Snow and 16-year-old Amanda Blanco of the Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County.
Royals manager Ned Yost doesn't plan to watch a World Series replay when it's over.
"I'm going to go back and lock the gate to my farm, and I'm going to try to find me a deer that I can have some fun with over there with my bow and arrow," he said.