Oct 24, 2014 8:43 PM
Royals juggle lineup, take early lead in Game 3
The Associated Press
Tough start for Tim Hudson in his World Series debut.
His first pitch was hit off the base of the wall in the left-field corner by Alcides Escobar for a double. Escobar comes around on a couple of groundouts, and the Royals jump out to a quick 1-0 lead in Game 3.
Nice job by Lorenzo Cain making sure to get his bat on the ball on a two-strike slider by Hudson, grounding it to shortstop for an RBI.
The 39-year-old Hudson has waited his entire 16-year career to pitch on this stage. So much talk about how happy everyone was, especially his Giants teammates, that he finally gets his chance in the Fall Classic.
Perhaps overlooked a bit is 35-year-old Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie, who attended nearby Stanford.
Guthrie, who has spent 11 years in the majors, is in the postseason for the first time. He allowed one run and three hits over five innings in his only playoff start during the AL Championship Series start against Baltimore.
Lorenzo Cain gets a good jump on Buster Posey's sinking liner and comes in for a nice catch to end the top of the first.
Getting set for Game 3 as the World Series shifts to San Francisco, where the wind could be a factor tonight.
Royals manager Ned Yost has made some significant changes to his lineup. With no designated hitter allowed in the National League park, Billy Butler is on the bench as expected.
Yost, however, also removed right fielder Nori Aoki from the lineup and inserted speedy Jarrod Dyson in center, with Cain moving from center to right.
Yost said Kansas City needed to field its best defensive alignment in the expansive and tricky outfield at AT&T Park. Makes sense. But without Aoki in the No. 2 hole, Yost had to juggle the batting order.
Alex Gordon, a reliable run producer, moves up from sixth in the lineup to the second spot. Mike Moustakas moves up from ninth to fifth, behind cleanup man Eric Hosmer.
That puts two left-handed batters back-to-back in the middle of the lineup, followed by two right-handers in Omar Infante and Salvador Perez. That could make things easier on Giants manager Bruce Bochy as he utilizes his bullpen later in the game.
Previously, Butler batted fifth and broke up the lefties, one reason Bochy made so many pitching changes during Kansas City's sixth-inning rally in Game 2.
The new lineup does leave the Royals three pretty good bats on the bench in Butler, Aoki and Josh Willingham.
With the Series tied 1-all, the first pitch of Game 3 is coming up in a few minutes.
AT&T Park was packed with fans and pregame festivities as the Royals and Giants got set to play.
There was a tribute to the late Tony Gwynn, plus a video remembrance of the earthquake that rattled Candlestick Park before Game 3 of the 1989 World Series in San Francisco. Bay Area native Huey Lewis called out "Play ball!" on a stadium microphone, and the fan who caught Travis Ishikawa's game-winning homer in the NL Championship Series threw out the first ball to Ishikawa himself.
Taking it all in from behind home plate was Willie Mays, along with other Giants greats.
Then it was time to get going.