Royals take Game 2, Series tied 1-1
The Royals are very special, I can't pretend anymore. I'm still a little salty about how they swept my O's but watching them bounce back in game 2 of the World Series, made me tip my hat to them. The Giants are still in the driver seat because the next three games will be in San Fran, but the Royals, unlike the O's, bounced back from a home loss in game 1.
The bottom of the 6th inning lasted 32 total minutes, with the Royals scoring 5 runs. The Giants used 5 pitchers in that inning, starting with Jake Peavy. Peavy went 5 innings, only allowing 2 runs and 5 hits, before being relieved after allowing a Lorenzen Cain base hit and walking Eric Hosmer to start the inning. Jean Machi came in to face Billy Butler and caused more damage, allowing a RBI base hit, Cain scoring from 2nd base. Javier Lopez then came in to relieve Machi, getting the first out of the inning, but then pulled for Hunter Strickland
Hunter Strickland made things even worse with his wild pitch that allowed the base runners to move, Hosmer on third, and pinch runner Terrance Gore on second. On the very next pitch, with a 2-1 count, Strickland gave up a double to Salvador Perz, which bought in both runners. With no hesitation Strickland was pulled, and on came Jeremy Affeldt to get the last 2 outs. Omar Infante was next up to plate, and he put Affeldt second pitch into the stands, to give the Royals a 7-2 lead.
Innings like that have been happening for both teams, but today it was the Royals who rallied in 1 inning. The Giants bullpen hasn't been a problem all postseason until now, so we will have to see how they react in game 3. The Royals needed this momentum after losing 7-1 in game one. The next question is can the Giants win these next three games? Giants are not a bad team on the road, but I don't think it would be smart to go back to Kansas City. Luckily for the Giants they have Bumgarner on their side.