Oct 26, 2014 9:07 PM
Giants grab early 1-0 lead in Game 5 of Series
The Associated Press
The Giants grab an early lead in Game 5 by taking a page out of Kansas City's playbook with a key bunt.
Red-hot Hunter Pence hits a leadoff single in the second inning that just gets past shortstop Alcides Escobar. With the Royals' infield shifted to the right, Brandon Belt drops down a bunt to the left side and beats Escobar's throw to first for a single.
Tom Verducci on the Fox broadcast says it's the first bunt hit of Belt's career.
Both runners advance on Travis Ishikawa's deep fly to center, and Pence scores on Brandon Crawford's groundout to put San Francisco up 1-0.
Madison Bumgarner gives up a leadoff single in the second, then strikes out the next three batters. He's got five Ks through three innings.
Nobody better under postseason pressure right now.
Bumgarner and James Shields each gave up a two-out single in a scoreless first.
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.
Probably a good chance this is Shields' final start in a Kansas City uniform. The right-hander can become a free agent after the World Series.
The temperature at first pitch was a very comfortable 67 degrees.
Royals manager Ned Yost made a little tweak to his lineup, moving up Salvador Perez to the No. 5 spot and dropping Mike Moustakas to the No. 6 hole.
That breaks up lefties Eric Hosmer and Moustakas with a right-handed hitter in Perez. Hosmer and Moustakas batted back-to-back in Games 3 and 4.
Travis Ishikawa back in left field for San Francisco against right-hander James Shields. Juan Perez started in left against lefty Jason Vargas in Game 4.
Following batting practice on a sun-splashed afternoon, the ceremonial first pitch an eephus pitch was thrown out by Zak Williams, a son of late comedian and actor Robin Williams, who was a longtime Giants fan.
The pitch was caught by Robin Williams' friend, Billy Crystal, and a video tribute was played at AT&T Park.
Williams' two other children, Zelda and Cody, accompanied Zak.
The video board showed a recording of Robin Williams pumping up the crowd at AT&T Park before a 2010 playoff game.
Darren Baker, son of former Giants manager Dusty Baker, delivered the game ball along with ex-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.