Whether you are a big baseball fan or not, it would be hard to not get excited about the 2014 World Series. There is a certain aura in the crowd and the atmosphere for the longest running championship in America. From the moment the National Anthem was sung, and the fireworks lit off in Kauffman Stadium, game one of the World Series lived up to the hype if you are a Giants fan.
In the first inning with two runners on, Pablo Sandoval hit a double bringing in the first run of the game. Buster Posey got called out trying to score on the same hit. Then with two outs, Hunter Pence hit a two run home run to give the Giants an early 3-0 in the game. James Shield, the Royals starting pitcher, gave up three ones to start the World Series and his frustrations showed as he yelled into his glove after getting a strike out for the final out of the inning.
The Royals threatened in the bottom of the second. With only one out and a runner on first, they were in position to get back into the game. Instead, they hit into an inning ending double play.
The score remained the same until the fourth inning with Shields gave up a one run single. Michael Morse hit a line drive deep to right field allowing Hunter Pence to come around and score, giving the Giants a 4-0 lead and ending what was a very rough night for Shields.
Danny Duffy came in to the game to try to get the Royals out of a jam. He ended up walking in a run with the bases loaded, giving the Giants a 5-0 lead with only one out in the inning. Duffy was able to whether the storm and get out of the inning, but the damage had been done.
The score remained the same until the seventh inning. With zero outs and a runner on, Joe Panik hit a fly ball out to right field, Cain missed on the dive, which sent Blanco in for another run and Panik all the way to the third for an RBI triple, giving the giants a 6-0 lead. After a pitching change, the runs still kept coming as Sandoval hit an RBI single, giving the Giants a 7-0 Lead.
During a rendition of “God Bless America” in the seventh inning stretch, many of the Kansas City crowd could be seen exiting the stadium. They started the night with hope that their beloved Royals would not only extend their winning streak, but also get off to a lead in the World Series. Instead, they saw one of the most dominant pitchers in post season history go to work on the boys in blue. However, with two outs the Royals were able to get on the board with a solo home run by Salvador Perez, showing some signs of life in the Royals line up.
The rally was short-lived as the next batter popped out to center field. Before giving up the home run Bumgarner had retired 12 straight batters. Heading into the eighth inning, the Giants held a 7-1 lead.
Going into the ninth inning the fans that were left in the stadium were hoping for a late game October miracle. The first batter was Cain, whom struck out swinging on just three pitches. Next to the plate was Eric Hosmer. Hosmer grounded out to second. The last hope for the Royals’ faithful was Josh Willingham in on the pinch hit. Willingham went down swinging.
The Royals were riding high on an eight game, undefeated post season, but the Giants came in prepared. Bumgarner pitched extremely well and the Giants were able to get a win on the road, taking a 1-0 lead in the World Series.
Game two of the World Series is Oct. 22 at 5pm. The Royals are still at home and look to even the series at 1-1. If the Royals lose and go down 0-2 the series could end in San Francisco, which would mean after 29 long years, Kansas City was only able to see two World Series games, and their Royals lost both.
Commentary by Andy Lapic
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