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- David Brown at Big League Stew59 mins ago
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Trailing by three runs in the third inning Saturday night, and facing a three-games-to-one deficit in the World Series unless a turnaround happened, the San Francisco Giants made one happen in Game 4.
They started to chip away, and by the end they were clawing at the Kansas City Royals, scoring 10 unanswered runs in an 11-4 victory at AT&T Park that evened the best-of-seven Series at two wins apiece.
The Giants pounded 16 hits, getting key contributions from all of their one-through-five hitters, along with three hits, a walk and two runs scored from the No. 9 spot in the lineup. Pablo Sandoval's two-run single in the sixth put the Giants ahead to stay.
At one point:
The top five hitters in the Giants' lineup tonight are 10 for 21 with three walks, two strikeouts, eight runs and eight RBIs.
Here are the top five moments from Game 4:
THE LAST OUT
If the Giants had gotten down 3-1 in the Series, they would have been facing tough odds. Of the 45 times a team has gotten a 3-1 Series lead, only six times has the other team come back to win.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago
SAN FRANCISCO — This time, it was the San Francisco Giants' turn to strike in the sixth inning.
After the Kansas City Royals won Games 2 and 3 of the World Series thanks to sixth-inning rallies, the Giants broke a 4-4 tie in Game 4 with a three-run rally.
At the center of it was perpetual postseason hero Pablo Sandoval, whose two-out bases loaded single unknotted the game. Brandon Belt followed with a single, opening up a 7-4 lead for San Francisco.
The go-ahead single was Sandoval's second hit of the night, a nice performance considering he'd come down with the flu. But that can't stop Sandoval in October. He's a career .324 hitter in the playoffs, who now has 20 RBIs.
The Giants' sixth-inning rally will come with some second-guessing of the Royals' strategy. The Giants had back-to-back singles to start the inning, then Joe Panik laid down a sac bunt. With runners at second and third, Royals skipper Ned Yost elected to walk Buster Posey to load the bases and set up a potential double play. But Hunter Pence was coming up, and he already had two hits and two RBIs.
- David Brown at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Jason Vargas took what could have been an embarrassing moment in Game 4 of the World Series and transformed it into a slightly less embarrassing moment that was pretty darned funny for anyone with a chuckle gene. This is what happens, sometimes, when an American League pitcher tries to bat.
In the top of the third inning Saturday night, Vargas put together two impressive at-bats against the San Francisco Giants, including one that would have been much more impressive if the rules said it takes only three balls to draw a walk. After the Royals scored four runs to take a 4-1 lead, Vargas came within a blink of drawing a bases-loaded walk to force in another run.
Too bad for Vargas that home plate umpire Ted Barrett — and everyone else paying full attention — didn't blink. Vargas took a 2-2 pitch from Jean Machi that missed, and he dropped his bat and started toward first. As soon as Vargas looked up, he realized his accounting mistake, put his arms out like he was under arrest and froze like a criminal from the old "Batman" TV show.
Or perhaps Vargas was creating America's latest dance craze — Vargnam Style.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
SAN FRANCISCO — The Mo'ne Davis world tour is still going and it zoomed into AT&T Park on Saturday. She threw out the first pitch before World Series Game 3 — a strike, of course — and met plenty of big leaguers.
It was two stars from the past, however, that Davis said she was most thrilled to meet.
"Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson," she said, a few minutes after watching the Royals score four runs in the third inning while eating an ice cream sundae.
- David Brown at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Failure to turn a double play, to cover first base properly on a grounder, and to change out starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong more swiftly proved costly for the San Francisco Giants in Game 4 of the World Series. The Kansas City Royals, using good plate discipline and some well-placed hits, scored four times in the third inning to take a lead.
The Royals lead 4-2 in the fifth inning, and t hey already lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.
The key moment might have been an RBI infield single by Eric Hosmer, a tap that went into no-man's land near first base. Vogelsong didn't try to field the ball, and he didn't get to the bag in time for what should have been the third out of the inning. Instead, with the frame extended, Vogelsong walked Mike Moustakas to load the bases and allowed a two-run single by Omar Infante.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants have already brought out Barry Bonds and WWE star Daniel Bryan for their postseason pregame festivities, but they gave their best show yet before Game 4 of the World Series.
You couldn't help but root for both of the stars.
There was Mo'Ne Davis, the 13-year-old pitcher who became the first girl to throw a shutout in the Little League World Series. She threw out the first pitch. Then there was Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was severely injured on opening day 2011 at Dodger Stadium. He did the Giants' "Play Ball!" chant.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Can the Kansas City Royals take a commanding 3-1 series lead and move closer to their first World Series win in 29 years? Will the San Francisco Giants rebound from a one-run Game 3 loss and even the series again?
The fourth game of the 2014 World Series is upon us, pitting Jason Vargas against Ryan Vogelsong in a game that could very well swing either way. Whichever way that is, the Yahoo Sports MLB crew — columnists Tim Brown and Jeff Passan, plus the bloggers from Big League Stew — will be serving up commentary from start to finish.
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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
You're never too young to love baseball. Just ask five-year-old Kelsey Aciego of Raymore, Mo. She loves her American League champion Kansas City Royals so much, she can not only name every player on their roster, but she can match each player to his jersey number.
No problem. Kelsey's mom, Rebecca Aciego, recently posted a video showcasing her Royals love and knowledge.
With little to no hesitation even, she rattled off every Royal in less than two minutes.
That's very impressive, especially considering Josh Willingham only joined the team on Aug. 11 in a trade with the Minnesota Twins, and hasn't played a major role since coming over. She knows who he is. And of course she couldn't let mom forget Terrance Gore. Good old No. 0 may only have two career plate appearances to his credit, but he's starred as a pinch-runner in September and October, and Kelsey has taken notice.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
SAN FRANCISCO — After the Giants' lost Game 3 of the World Series and confirmed they'd be sending Ryan Vogelsong to the mound in Saturday's Game 4, Sandra Young knew where she needed to go: Super Duper Burger.
This wasn't an "eat your feelings" moment, it was Young keeping up a tradition that Giants fans have been indulging in since their last World Series run. They eat for Vogelsong. The Giants pitcher eats the same meal the night before his starts and fans copy him.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
Attending a World Series game can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many fans, unless of course you are Marlins Man.
When that rare opportunity comes, it's one you don't want to let pass by if you can help it. In the case of Royals fans Stephanie and Jason Hetherington, that even meant tempting fate and attending Game 1 knowing the due date for their third child was a week away, and that the moment of truth could arrive at any time.
“Hopefully she stays in there long enough for us to enjoy the game,” was Stephanie's thought leading up to Tuesday's game at Kauffman Stadium.
Of course, the baby had other plans for the World Series, and they didn't involve sitting at the K for nine innings. As the couple gathered their pregame snacks, Stephanie realized that her water broke and the baby's estimated time of arrival had just dramatically changed.