The Kansas City Royals’ unexpected eight game, postseason winning streak has come to an end in the first game of the World Series as the San Francisco Giants took game one in a blowout.
After sweeping the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Royals seemed to be riding an unbeatable wave of momentum going into the championship series. The Giants were no pushovers on their way to the World Series either, losing only twice in the two previous rounds on their way to joining the battle of the wild-card teams. Both teams could claim a path to destiny, but it was the Giants who took game one 7-1 on pitcher Madison Bumgarner’s almost flawless performance.
In seven innings, Bumgarner allowed only one run and three hits and striking out five batters, saving his best display of pitching on baseballs biggest stage. His dominance on the mound gave the Royals’ their first lost since September 27.
The Giants were also dominant with their bats as Royals’ pitcher James Shields gave up three runs in the first inning off a base hit from Pablo Sandoval followed by a two-run home run off of the bat of Giants outfielder Hunter Pence. Shields would give up seven hits and five runs over three innings before being replaced by Danny Duffy.
Rebounding from a big loss make prove to be a challenge for the Royals. There are already questions as to how they will respond in game two. “I couldn’t answer that, because this is our first time losing in the postseason.” Said Royals third basemen Mike Moustakas. “I can speak for everybody in this clubhouse – we’re not worried about it. We’re not concerned. We’re not happy that we lost, but we get another game tomorrow.”
Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura will face Jake Peavy for the Giants in game two of the World Series tonight. No player currently on the Giants roster has ever faced Ventura, so the Royals may have a slight advantage on the mound. Peavy, on the other hand, has faced this Royals team several times as a member of the rival AL Central White Sox.