Oct 28, 2014 11:52 PM
Royals RHP Guthrie vs Giants RHP Hudson in Game 7
The Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) After long waits to make their World Series debuts, Royals veteran Jeremy Guthrie and Giants counterpart Tim Hudson will get one more opportunity Wednesday night.
This time, they'll have everything on the line.
Guthrie, who had never pitched in the postseason before this year, will be on the mound for Kansas City in Game 7. He will once again be going against the 39-year-old Hudson, who finally made it to the World Series with San Francisco after 16 seasons in the majors.
Now, Hudson is set to become the oldest Game 7 starter in Series history.
Of course, there's a little more at stake than the first time they met.
The 35-year-old Guthrie helped pitch Kansas City to a 3-2 victory last Friday night in San Francisco, giving the Royals a 2-1 lead in the Series. But after the Giants rallied to win the next two games at home, the teams returned to Kansas City with the Royals needing a victory to force Game 7.
They got it a 10-0 rout behind a resurgent offense that relentlessly peppered Giants starter Jake Peavy and reliever Yusmeiro Petit, and a brilliant start by young flamethrower Yordano Ventura.
"I think this is a tremendous opportunity for us," said Guthrie, who allowed two runs over five innings in his World Series debut. "We've obviously got a tough task ahead of us."
Hudson was nearly as good as Guthrie his first time out, allowing three runs and four hits while pitching into the sixth inning. But when the Giants were unable to score a tying run off the Kansas City bullpen on Friday night, the veteran right-hander was stuck with the loss.
Now, he has a chance to bag the biggest win possible.
If Hudson gets into trouble, Giants manager Bruce Bochy can turn to a bullpen that shut down the Royals in San Francisco. And it should be even stronger with ace Madison Bumgarner, who won Game 1 and pitched a shutout in Game 5, available for a relief stint.
Bumgarner has allowed one run over 16 innings in his two starts against Kansas City.
"I've already talked to Madison and he says, 'Listen, if you need me, in fact, I'm good to go. I'm ready to go,'" Bochy said Tuesday. "He's already come in and told me that."
The Royals will also have a fresh bullpen after Ventura's sublime start. Kansas City manager Ned Yost has even said his star trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and All-Star closer Greg Holland would be available to pitch two innings apiece if needed.
The Royals also will have a bit of history on their side.
When they were last in the World Series in 1985, they also faced a 3-2 deficit returning home against St. Louis. They won Game 6, made famous by umpire Don Denkinger's blown call at first base, and then took Game 7 in an 11-0 rout for their only championship.
The Giants, meanwhile, had a 3-2 lead this year for the third time in franchise history. Just like in 1924 and 2002, they lost Game 6. Both of those years, they lost Game 7 as well.
"We're going to go just like we've been going this whole playoffs. We're going to do anything we can do to win a ballgame," Yost said Tuesday. "Nothing's going to be different. We're not holding anybody back. We'll just go. We go."