Oct 26, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) and right fielder Hunter Pence (right) celebrate after both scoring runs on a double by left fielder Juan Perez (not pictured) in the 8th inning against the Kansas City Royals during game five of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
The San Francisco Giants take the World Series back to Kansas City with a 3-2 lead in hand after Madison Bumgarner’s shutout performance tonight.
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The game was close through seven innings with the Giants clinging to a two-run lead, but they broke out for three runs in the eighth off of two of the Royals big three, Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis.
The Giants scored the game winning run in the second inning. Hunter Pence led off with a single and moved to third after a single by Brandon Belt and fly out by Travis Ishikawa. He came around to score on a Brandon Crawford ground out.
They scored again in the fourth when Crawford dropped a soft liner in front of Jarrod Dyson in center to bring in Pablo Sandoval who singled to lead off the inning.
The big inning came in the eighth though. After Herrera set the giants down in the seventh he returned to the hill for the eighth. Sandoval and Pence had back-to-back singles and Ned Yost called for Wade Davis.
Oct 26, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) celebrates with starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (right) after defeating the Kansas City Royals during game five of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Davis struck out belt for the first out, but Juan Perez (JUAN PEREZ) launched a double off the top of the wall in straight away center to score both runners. He moved to third on the throw up, and he came around to score on another Brandon Crawford single.
If you’re keeping track at home, the Giants scored five runs tonight: two by Sandoval, two by Pence and one by Perez. All five RBI belonged to Perez (2) and Crawford (3).
The real story however was Bumgarner who just carved up the Royals lineup. He gave up four hits in nine innings of work. He didn’t walk anybody and had eight strike outs.
The Royals had three singles and a double; if not for an ill-advised Travis Ishikawa dive, it would have been four singles.
At 25 years old, Bumgarner looks like one of the premier pitchers in baseball and he could be for a good long time.
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Ishikawa had a couple of singles for the Giants but they couldn’t bring him around to score. He left the game in favor of Perez after three plate appearances, and Perez became the Giants’ offensive hero.
Alcides Escobar went hitless in four plate appearances, but he didn’t strike out today. Little victories. Cain had a single off Bumgarner, which as we said, was one of just four Royals hits.
Nori Aoki got the night off again with Jarrod Dyson playing center. The Dyson in center, Cain in right combination gives the Royals some ridiculous outfield defense and it paid off a couple times tonight but eventually the Royals are going to need to prioritize their offense.