Oct 29, 2014 9:10 PM
Giants, Royals tied 2-all in Game 7 of Series
The Associated Press
Kansas City responds right away in the bottom of the second behind Alex Gordon, scoring twice to tie it 2-all. That immediately gets the crowd back into it, too.
Billy Butler hits a leadoff single and lumbers all the way around on Gordon's RBI double to the right-center wall. Salvador Perez gets hit by a pitch above the left knee. He's really hobbling, but stays in the game.
Perez is starting his 158th game this year including the postseason, a major league record for catchers, according to a graphic on Fox.
Gordon aggressively tags up and moves to third on Mike Moustakas' fly to fairly deep left. Great baserunning.
It pays off when Gordon scores the tying run on Omar Infante's sacrifice fly to center.
Alcides Escobar singles to left, and that's it for Tim Hudson after all of 28 pitches and 1 2-3 innings.
Shortest start in Game 7 of a World Series since Bob Turley lasted one inning for the New York Yankees against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1960.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy, certainly counting on Madison Bumgarner for a stretch at some point, goes to his bullpen very early.
Left-hander Jeremy Affeldt retires Nori Aoki to end the inning with the score tied at 2.
Game 7 is just different. Can't take many chances with your starter.
San Francisco takes a 2-0 lead in the second after Jeremy Guthrie gets himself in trouble with a hit batter to start the inning.
Guthrie's 0-1 pitch grazed Pablo Sandoval's elbow. Hunter Pence singles through the left side on an 0-2 changeup and Brandon Belt's single to right on 2-2 loads the bases with none out.
Guthrie getting ahead in the count, but he's not a strikeout pitcher and was unable to put hitters away.
Great execution by the Giants makes him pay sacrifice flies by Michael Morse and Brandon Crawford put San Francisco on top.
With so much talk about Bumgarner out of the bullpen in this game and how early Royals manager Ned Yost might turn to his trio of dominant relievers, the starters have almost been forgotten.
Sort of a sign of modern-day baseball, with relievers playing such a prominent role and fewer innings expected from the starters. Bullpens are such a big part of it all nowadays, as evidenced by these two teams.
It's not as if Tim Hudson and Jeremy Guthrie have no credentials although both are past their prime. The 39-year-old Hudson is the oldest pitcher to start Game 7 in a World Series, 15 days older than Roger Clemens was with the Yankees in 2001.
Guthrie works a 1-2-3 first inning for the Kansas City Royals, shattering Buster Posey's bat on a grounder for the third out.
Third baseman Mike Moustakas makes a diving stop to his left, although shortstop Alcides Escobar also was in position to field Posey's grounder.
Six of the 10 pitches Guthrie threw were changeups, including his first three.
Here we go. World Series, Game 7.
Tension, excitement, lasting memories. Nothing like one baseball game for all the marbles. Say no more.
First pitch coming up in just a few minutes.
The Kansas City Royals were taking batting practice, the San Francisco Giants were stretching beyond their dugout and then something caught the attention of both teams.
A person wearing white formal gloves, and accompanied by a security guard, carried the gleaming, gold-and-silver World Series trophy across the grass behind the cage.
The prize was probably headed to a safe spot, waiting to be presented to tonight's winner. Players on both sides watched the mini-parade and some pointed, but no one dared try to touch it.
Royals great George Brett, now a team executive, wandered over to a cluster of Giants and greeted some of them. San Francisco outfielder Hunter Pence smiled and seemed to enjoy the moment.
Among those watching from near the backstop was Jack Morris. Hard to think about a Game 7 and not remember him.
Morris delivered one of the greatest pitching performances of all-time, throwing a 10-hit shutout in 1991 to lead Minnesota over Atlanta 1-0 in 10 innings at the Metrodome.
"Game 7s don't come around very often. We're all hoping for them," said Morris, now a broadcaster.
When his time came, Morris was prepared.
"I knew what it meant, and I was ready to pitch," he said. "I wasn't nervous. I was confident."
"That's how it should be. Every fielder should want the ball. Every hitter should want to be at the plate," he said.
AP Baseball Writer Ben Walker contributed to this report.