Oct 25, 2014 8:56 PM
Giants lead 1-0 lead after 2 innings in Game 4
The Associated Press
Jason Vargas bounces back nicely after a 27-pitch first with a 10-pitch second. He ends the inning by taking first baseman Eric Hosmer's toss and just beats Brandon Crawford to the bag.
The Giants looked a lot like the Royals in the first, and they have the early lead without a hit.
Gregor Blanco walked leading off, took second on Jason Vargas' wild pitch and stole third so much for the Royals' complaints about an over-watered basepath. Vargas, who walked only 41 batters in 187 innings this year, then gave Buster Posey a free pass with one out.
Hunter Pence, he of the highest socks in baseball, then beat out a double-play relay and Blanco scored.
No nerves for Ryan Vogelsong. He sandwiched two strikeouts around Lorenzo Cain's bloop single in a 13-pitch first.
Game 4 of the World Series is underway, and the umbrellas have been put away. There was a light rain during pregame ceremonies but the sun is out now.
Bryan Stow, the Giants fan still recovering from being beaten outside Dodger Stadium in 2011, came on the field in his wheelchair. Flanked by Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt and third base coach Tim Flannery, Stow called out "Play ball!" over the sound system at AT&T Park.
Little League World Series star Mo'ne Davis is set to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Will she hurl one of her 70 mph fastballs over the plate? Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong will then take the mound for San Francisco. Manager Bruce Bochy chose to stay on rotation rather than use ace Madison Bumgarner on short rest even though the Giants trail 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. Vogelsong was 3-0 with a 1.19 ERA in five postseason outings before he was hit hard against St. Louis in the NLCS.
Jason Vargas is making his first World Series start, nine days after he allowed a run over 5 1-3 innings against Baltimore in the ALCS. Vargas is familiar with AT&T Park during the Fall Classic: he and his wife were in the stands for Game 1 of the 2010 Series.
Before the game, sluggers Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels and Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins received their Hank Aaron Awards for best offensive player in each league.