- David Brown at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As it relates to sport, a dynasty is supposed to be a sequence of champions. A sequence is supposed to be a continuously connected series of occurrences. The championships must connect, and not merely in a figurative sense.
And yet, it's tempting to bend the definition of dynasty so that it might fit what the San Francisco Giants have accomplished three times, though not in a row, since 2010. The Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series, giving manager Bruce Bochy, general manager Brian Sabean and many others connected to the team a third championship ring. For those men, along with many of Bochy's coaches and Sabean's lieutenants, and eight of the players who span all three championship rosters, winning certainly has become a habit.
"In today’s game, if it’s not, it’s as close as you’re gonna get," said catcher Buster Posey, a rookie in 2010 and one of nine players with three rings.
But is it a dynasty? The most recent MLB team to win three straight was the New York Yankees from 1998-2000. The Oakland Athletics did the same from 1972-1974. Three in a row; that's a dynasty.Wed, Oct 29San Francisco3 - 2Kansas CityGame Recap
- David Brown at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Before MadBum's triumphant finishing number in the World Series, there was Jeremy Affeldt's effective warm-up performance that put the San Francisco Giants in a position to win another championship.
When starting pitcher Tim Hudson couldn't get the Giants all of the way through the second inning of Game 7 on Wednesday night, manager Bruce Bochy called on Affeldt to keep the Kansas City Royals off the scoreboard until Bumgarner could enter and possibly finish. Affeldt responded with 2 1/3 innings of one-hit ball, a beautiful bridge to Bumgarner, who took over in the fifth and didn't leave Kauffman Stadium without the Series MVP award and a new pickup truck.
Affeldt did some heavy lifting, too, as the middle man, getting two ground balls for double plays that stymied the Royals offense, which had scored twice in the second inning against Hudson. One of the double plays, turned by Joe Panik, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt, was one of the key plays of Game 7.
- David Brown at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pablo Sandoval put the souvenir in his back pocket, the baseball used in the commission of his 26th postseason hit Wednesday night during Game 7 of the World Series. He put the costume panda head over his own head, a symbol of Sandoval going with the flow after the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 and won the World Series for the third time in five years.
Sandoval's double to left in the eighth inning did not figure in the scoring, nor did it make a difference in Series MVP voting for Sandoval or Hunter Pence, who both hit prolifically but couldn't match the contribution of left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
"If not for them, my teammates, we wouldn't be here," Sandoval said. "We've put in a lot of work together."
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- David Brown at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Not long after the last out of Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night, Gregor Blanco joked about the play before the last out. It might have stopped Blanco's heart.
Alex Gordon hit a ball into the gap in left-center field for a single, which Blanco misplayed for an error, helping to place the potential tying run on third base with two outs. Left-hander Madison Bumgarner responded to retire Salvador Perez on a pop up, which stranded Gordon and gave the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 victory against the Kansas City Royals, along with their third World Series title since 2010.
But before the elation, there was terror. And gallows humor.
"I just wanted to make the end of the World Series interesting," Blanco said with a smile.
And his misfortune did make it interesting for the Royals, at least momentarily.
- David Brown at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Handed a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning Wednesday night, Madison Bumgarner made his grand re-entrance to the World Series in relief, pitching on two days of rest, in Game 7.
Bumgarner threw 117 pitches in a four-hit shutout in Game 5, and took no time at all to begin lobbying San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy to pitch again in the Series. He previously appeared in relief during Game 6 of the National League Championship Series in 2010, and three times as a rookie in 2009 during the regular season.
This postseason, Bumgarner came in with 0.56 ERA in two World Series starts, and a 1.13 ERA in 47 2/3 innings over six starts in the playoffs. He's a likely choice for Series MVP — along with Hunter Pence — if the Giants beat the Kansas City Royals.
Bumgarner began Game 7 by watching from the bullpen in right field, and he was warming up by the bottom of the fourth inning. The Giants took the lead on an RBI single by Mike Morse in the top half of the inning.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — This is how Ned Yost wanted it all along. And how he said it would be.
After the Kansas City Royals fell in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday night, their manager shared a hope — a gut feeling — that his team and its opponent, the San Francisco Giants, would be playing a seven-game Series.
Well, after the Royals clobbered the Giants 10-0 on Tuesday night, here we are — for the 37th time in major league history under the best-of-seven format, for the second time in four years and for just the sixth time in 26 years. What a fitting end to the Yostseason, unexplored territory for Yost as a manager, and the Royals as a franchise — at least over the past 29 years.
"This is totally different than anything I've ever done," said Yost, who's been to World Series as a player and coach.
And K.C.'s run to the ultimate moment in sports already has changed how the Royals are looked at in town. A year ago, general manager Dayton Moore was lambasted for regrettably saying that the Royals winning 86 games and hanging around in the American League Central race made him feel like they "won the World Series."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Grieving the loss of friend Oscar Taveras and trying to help save his team's season in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night, right-hander Yordano Ventura emerged from the Kansas City Royals bullpen with a plan.
When he ascended the pitcher's mound for warm-up tosses before the first inning began, Ventura appeared anything but ready for the San Francisco Giants. He misfired several times at catcher Salvador Perez, throwing several balls in the dirt and, at least twice, sending them to the backstop.
Ventura looked overwhelmed. Faced with his team's elimination, and trying to keep his mind on his work despite Taveras's body being buried back home in the Dominican Republic earlier in the day, the 23-year-old with bottomless composure was cracking. It was not going to be his night.
Would you believe that was Ventura's idea? That's what he said, with the help of translator and teammate Christian Colon, after Kansas City's 10-0 victory at Kauffman Stadium that forced Game 7 on Wednesday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Yordano Ventura and the Kansas City Royals had Game 6 of the World Series well under their control by the time Hunter Pence came to bat in the sixth inning Tuesday night. The Royals led by nine runs, and Ventura was two outs through the inning when Pence hit a sharp comebacker on the first pitch he saw.
Ventura reached back and snared the ball before it could bounce up the middle for a hit. Pence already had a double in Game 6 after coming in 9 for 19 with three walks and a 1.282 on-base plus slugging percentage. Keeping him off base is cause for at least minor celebration, which Ventura appeared to do by kicking his leg like Michael Jackson would have done in a music video. (Or, perhaps in life.)
It was a funky end to the sixth, and the Royals continued to dominate in a 10-0 victory that ensured a deciding Game 7 would happen Wednesday night.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Neither player would say why Yordano Ventura stared down Pablo Sandoval at least twice during Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night. Ventura didn't even admit to staring at Sandoval, saying there was nothing out of the ordinary about any of their confrontations during a 10-0 victory for the Kansas City Royals against the San Francisco Giants at Kauffman Stadium.
Sandoval had a theory, though.
Sandoval on Ventura staring him down: "It's part of the game. Probably, he's jealous that I've got two World Series."
Ventura, with the help of teammate and translator Christian Colon, played ignorant.
"I was pitching normal to him," Ventura said. "Pablo didn't say anything to me, and I didn't say anything to Pablo. I was just looking at his shoes, watching him run down to first base. There was nothing behind it."
His shoes? Sandoval, who walked in three plate appearances against Ventura, said he didn't really care anyway.
"I play my game, I don't care what they do," Sandoval said. "I don't even think about it."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The best hope for the Kansas City Royals to win Game 6 of the World Series probably was to succeed quickly against starter Jake Peavy, because scoring on the San Francisco Giants bullpen has been a tough proposition in the postseason.
After the Royals threatened in the first inning but didn't score, they crossed home plate seven times in the second, knocking out Peavy after he retired just four batters, and giving Kansas City big lead in a game they needed to extend the season.
Mike Moustakas hit a sharp two-run double down the line to get the Royals on the board and, after Yusmeiro Petit relieved, Billy Butler capped the scoring in the second with a double to right-center. Aside from the Moustakas and Butler hits, the Royals ruined Peavy's night with well-placed grounders and bloops that confounded the Giants on defense.