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|MVP:||Madison Bumgarner (San Francisco)|
|TV announcers:||Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds, Tom Verducci, Ken Rosenthal and Erin Andrews|
|Radio announcers:||Dan Shulman and Aaron Boone|
|Umpires:||Jeff Kellogg (crew chief), Ted Barrett, Jeff Nelson (Games 3 - 7), Hunter Wendelstedt, Eric Cooper, Jim Reynolds, Jerry Meals (Games 1 & 2)|
|ALCS:||Kansas City Royals over Baltimore Orioles (4–0)|
|NLCS:||San Francisco Giants over St. Louis Cardinals (4–1)|
| World Series
The 2014 World Series was the 110th edition of Major League Baseball's championship series. The best-of-seven playoff involved the National League champion San Francisco Giants and the American League champion Kansas City Royals. The start date of October 21 was the first scheduled Tuesday start day for a World Series since 1990. The Royals have home field advantage for the series as a result of the American League's 5–3 victory in the All Star Game. The Royals swept a three game series with the Giants in Kansas City from August 8–10, winning 4–2, 5–0, and 7–4.
The Giants won Game 1 behind a strong performance by Madison Bumgarner, while the Royals won Games 2 and 3, as their relief pitchers Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland limited the Giants' hitters. The Giants won Games 4 and 5, as they scored 11 runs in Game 4 and Bumgarner threw a complete game shutout in Game 5. The Royals came back to win Game 6 as they scored 10 runs and shut out the Giants, forcing a Game 7. The Giants won Game 7, 3–2, behind timely hits from Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence. Bumgarner pitched five strong shutout innings in relief to clinch Game 7 and, ultimately, the championship on two days' rest.
This is the second World Series in history to pit two wild card teams against one another, the other being the 2002 World Series between the Giants and the Anaheim Angels. It is the first World Series to involve a team (let alone two) that played in the additional wild card game instituted in 2012. This is also only the second World Series since 2002 to go to seven games; the other being 2011. Consequently, with the Giants winning they set the record for most postseason victories in a single postseason with 12. Additionally, this is the first World Series in which both teams played in a play-in game (whether it is the wild-card game since 2012, or a tie breaker from 1994–2011) since the Division Series was added in 1994. It is also the first time in World Series history that the opponents both had fewer than 90 wins in the regular season (excluding seasons when the schedule was cut short).
Kansas City Royals Edit
- Main article: 2014 Kansas City Royals season
The Royals are making their third World Series appearance in franchise history. Their last appearance was in 1985, where they defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games, and their other appearance was in 1980, where they lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in six games. They entered the 2014 World Series after beating the Oakland Athletics in the AL Wild Card game, sweeping the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the ALDS, and sweeping the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS. They are the first team to enter a World Series with an 8–0 record in that year's postseason and only the second to enter the World Series undefeated in the postseason since the creation of the Wild Card in 1994 (The Colorado Rockies entered the 2007 World Series after going 7–0 in that year's playoffs).
San Francisco Giants Edit
- Main article: 2014 San Francisco Giants season
The Giants are making their third World Series appearance in five years, having won in 2010 and 2012, their 20th appearance overall, and their sixth appearance since moving to San Francisco from New York in 1958. They defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Wild Card game, defeated the Washington Nationals in the NLDS 3 games to 1, and the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS 4 games to 1.
HRs: SF – Hunter Pence (1) KC – Salvador Pérez (1)
Both teams' sent their respective aces to the mound for Game 1: James Shields for the Royals and Madison Bumgarner for the Giants. The Giants scored the first run in the opening inning when a Pablo Sandoval double scored Gregor Blanco from second base, though Buster Posey was thrown out at home. The next batter, Hunter Pence, hit a home run to center field, which also scored Sandoval to give the Giants a three-run lead. The Royals did not threaten until the third inning. Omar Infante reached on an error by Giants' shortstop Brandon Crawford, and Mike Moustakas hit a double down the line to move Infante to third. Bumgarner struck out both Alcides Escobar and Norichika Aoki, but walked Lorenzo Cain to load the bases. Eric Hosmer grounded out to second base on the first pitch to end the threat.
The Giants threatened again in the top of the fourth when Pence doubled, went to third on a wild pitch, and Brandon Belt walked. Michael Morse then singled to score the fourth run of the game, which knocked Shields out of the game. Danny Duffy was brought in. After allowing a sacrifice bunt to Juan Pérez (who pinch hit for Travis Ishikawa), Duffy allowed two straight walks to Crawford and Blanco, bringing the fifth run in for the Giants. He retired the next two batters to end the inning. The score remained 5–0 until the top of the seventh, when Blanco drew another walk. Joe Panik hit a ball to right fielder Aoki, which he misplayed, allowing Blanco to score and Panik to reach third. Tim Collins was brought in and allowed a single to Sandoval after Posey lined out, which was the seventh and final run for San Francisco.
The Royals scored their only run on a Salvador Pérez solo home run with two outs off Bumgarner. Collins and Jason Frasor each pitched scoreless innings for the Royals, while Javier López and Hunter Strickland closed out the game for the Giants with scoreless eighth and ninth innings. The loss was Kansas City's first of the 2014 postseason, following eight consecutive wins in the Wild Card Game, ALDS and ALCS.
HRs: SF – Gregor Blanco (1) KC – Omar Infante (1)
Kansas City sent rookie Yordano Ventura to the mound in an attempt to even the series. San Francisco countered with Jake Peavy. The Giants scored first on a lead-off home run by Gregor Blanco. Alcides Escobar singled leading off the Royals' first but was thrown out trying to steal second base. The Royals, however, tied up the game on a Lorenzo Cain double, Eric Hosmer walk and a Billy Butler single, all with two outs.
The Royals gained the lead in the bottom of the second inning on doubles by Omar Infante and Escobar, but the Giants tied the game on doubles by Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Belt. Belt got doubled off when Michael Morse flied out to right fielder Norichika Aoki, who threw to Ventura, who threw to Infante, thus ending the inning. In the top of the sixth inning, both Buster Posey and Hunter Pence singled, knocking Ventura out of the game. Kelvin Herrera was brought in and got the last two outs to end the inning.
Kansas City regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning as Cain singled to center and Hosmer walked, prompting Bruce Bochy to take out Peavy and put in Jean Machi. Butler singled to left, which drove in Cain and gave the Royals the lead. He was replaced for a pinch runner in Terrance Gore. Javier López was brought in to face Alex Gordon, whom he retired. Hunter Strickland was then brought in. A wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third. Salvador Pérez hit a double to left-center to drive in both runners. Infante then hit a two-run home run to left field, bringing the score to 7–2 Royals. Jeremy Affeldt came in and allowed a single to Mike Moustakas but then induced a double play from Escobar to end the inning.
Herrera returned for the seventh inning. He struck out Travis Ishikawa but allowed consecutive walks to Brandon Crawford and Blanco. He then retied the last two batters to end the Giants's seventh. Tim Lincecum pitched 12⁄3 innings for the Giants, but left the game due to an injury and Santiago Casilla faced Lincecum's last batter in the eighth. Wade Davis pitched a perfect eighth, and Greg Holland struck out the side in the ninth around a hit to end the game and secure the victory for the Royals.
The series shifted to San Francisco for Game 3. Tim Hudson started his first career World Series game, as did Royals' starter Jeremy Guthrie. The Royals scored first when Alcides Escobar doubled to lead off the game and came around to score on groundouts by Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain. Kansas City mounted a rally when Mike Moustakas singled and Omar Infante walked, but Hudson ended the threat with a lineout and a double play. Both pitchers settled down until the sixth inning.
The Royals started another threat in the top of the sixth inning. Escobar singled with one out. Gordon then doubled to center field to score Escobar and increase the Royals' lead. Cain grounded to third for the second out, and Bruce Bochy brought in southpaw Javier Lopez to face the left-handed hitting Eric Hosmer. Hosmer battled an eleven pitch at-bat with Lopez until finally singling to center to score Gordon for what would end up being the game-winning RBI. Lopez retired Moustakas to end the inning.
The Giants responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Brandon Crawford singled and Michael Morse doubled off Guthrie, therefore knocking him out of the game. Kelvin Herrera was then brought in. He walked Gregor Blanco to put runners on first and second. After Joe Panik grounded out to advance the runners to second and third, Buster Posey then hit an RBI infield single to cut the Giants' deficit to one. Pablo Sandoval then grounded out to Hosmer to end the inning.
Sergio Romo pitched a scoreless seventh for the Giants. Herrera walked Hunter Pence to lead off the inning, but struck out Brandon Belt. Brandon Finnegan was then brought in for the Royals, which also made him the first rookie pitcher to pitch in the College World Series and the World Series in the same year. He retired the last two batters to end the seventh.
Romo struck out the first batter of the eighth inning. Jeremy Affeldt came in for the Giants and retired Gordon and Cain. Wade Davis retired the side in order in the bottom of the eighth. Affeldt retired the first two batters of the eighth. Santiago Casilla came in and retired the last batter. Greg Holland was brought in to save the game for the Royals. He retired the middle of the Giants lineup in order and saved the game for the Royals, giving them a 2–1 series lead.
This was only the second World Series loss at home for the Giants since AT&T Park opened in 2000, and the first since Game 3 of the 2002 Series. Holland saved his record-tying seventh game of the playoffs, tying John Wetteland, Robb Nen, Troy Percival, Brad Lidge, and Koji Uehara for most ever.
The Giants sent Ryan Vogelsong to the mound, while the Royals sent Jason Vargas. The Giants scored in the bottom of the first inning when Gregor Blanco walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch, stole third base, and scored on a fielders' choice off the bat of Hunter Pence.
The Royals countered in the top of the third inning where they batted around. Alcides Escobar singled with one out. Alex Gordon grounded into a forceout for the second out of the inning, then stile second base. Consecutive infield singles by Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer brought Gordon home to tie up the game. Mike Moustakas then walked to load up the bases. Omar Infante singled to center to score Cain and Hosmer to make it 3–1 Royals. Salvador Pérez followed with another single to score Moustakas and knock Vogelsong out of the game. Jean Machi came in and walked Jarrod Dyson, but struck out the pitcher with the bases loaded to end the threat.
The Giants scored a run in the bottom of the inning when pinch hitter Matt Duffy singled, advanced to second on a groundout, and scored on a single to left field by Buster Posey. Yusmeiro Petit pitched three scoreless innings starting with the fourth to keep the Royals off the board.
The Giants tied up the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. Joe Panik started the inning with a double to right-center, which knocked Vargas out of the game. Jason Frasor was brought in. A groundout moved Panik to third and scored on a single to center by Hunter Pence. Danny Duffy replaced Frasor in the game. Pablo Sandoval singled and Brandon Belt walked to load up the bases. Juan Pérez hit a sinking liner to center, but it was caught by a diving Jarrod Dyson. Pence tagged up at third and scored the tying run. Duffy struck out Brandon Crawford to end the inning.
San Francisco gained the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Brandon Finnegan replaced Duffy. Pinch hitter Joaquín Árias and Blanco both singled to lead off the inning. Panik bunted to move the runners over to second and third. Finnegan intentionally walked Posey to load up the bases and set up a force play at any base. Hunter Pence hit the ball to shortstop Escobar, who threw home for the forceout. However, Sandoval singled to center to score Blanco and Posey, giving the Giants a two-run lead. Belt hit another single to center which scored Pence to score the third run of the inning. Perez grounded out to end the inning.
Jeremy Affeldt pitched a scoreless seventh for the Giants. Finnegan started the Giants' seventh by allowing a single to Crawford and a walk to pinch-hitter Michael Morse, knocking him out of the game. Tim Collins was then brought in. He fielded a bunt ground ball by Blanco, but threw the ball away, allowing Crawford to score. Panik then hit a double to center field to score both Morse and Blanco. After Posey grounded out, Pence doubled to left field, scoring Panik, and giving the Giants' their eleventh and final run of the game.
Sergio Romo pitched a scoreless eighth for the Giants, as did Collins for the Royals. Hunter Strickland allowed a double to Gordon in the ninth inning, but he did not score, as Hosmer grounded out to end the game.
Madison Bumgarner became the first pitcher to record a complete game shutout in a World Series game since Josh Beckett did so for the Florida Marlins in Game 6 of the 2003 World Series, and the first Giants pitcher to accomplish the feat since Jack Sanford in Game 2 of the 1962 World Series. Bumgarner only allowed four hits, recorded eight strikeouts and no walks. The only time that the Giants pitcher allowed the Royals to get into scoring position was Omar Infante's one-out double in the fifth inning, but Bumgarner then struck out the next two Kansas City batters.
This was the third straight game in which neither team hit a home run, the first such occurrence in a World Series since 1948. The Giants opened the scoring in the second, starting with Hunter Pence's single and Brandon Belt's bunt base hit. After Travis Ishikawa flied out to center to advance both runners, Brandon Crawford grounded out to second, allowing Pence to score. Crawford then recorded an RBI single to right in the fourth, allowing Pablo Sandoval to score from second base to give San Francisco a 2–0 lead. Kansas City starter James Shields was relieved by Kelvin Herrera after pitching six innings. Herrera kept the score at 2–0 in the seventh. But in the eighth, Sandoval and Pence lead off with back-to-back singles, and Herrera was then relieved by Wade Davis. Juan Pérez then hit a one-out double to allow Sandoval and Pence to score, and then was allowed to reach third base on a throwing error by Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar. Crawford then recorded his third RBI of the game with a single to left to score Pérez to make it 5–0.
HRs: KC – Mike Moustakas (1)
Royals hitters knocked out San Francisco starter Jake Peavy after 11⁄3 innings. After Alex Gordon and Salvador Pérez led off the second with back-to-back singles, Mike Moustakas hit an RBI double to score Gordon. After Alcides Escobar's one-out single, Nori Aoki recorded an RBI single to score Pérez. After Yusmeiro Petit replaced Peavy on the mound, the Giants' reliever allowed a single by Lorenzo Cain, and doubles by Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler that scored five more Kansas City runs to make the score 7–0. Cain then hit an RBI ground rule double in the third, Escobar an RBI double in the fifth, and Moustakas a home run in the seventh.
Composite line scoreEdit
HRs: SF – Hunter Pence (1), Gregor Blanco (1) KC – Salvador Pérez (1), Omar Infante (1), Mike Moustakas (1)
Fox is televising the series in the United States and Canada, with play-by-play announcer Joe Buck calling the action along with color analysts Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci and field reporters Ken Rosenthal and Erin Andrews. This is the first World Series telecast for Reynolds and Verducci, who replaced longtime Fox analyst Tim McCarver after the latter's retirement from the network following the 2013 World Series. Kevin Burkhardt hosts the pre-game and post-game shows with analysts Gabe Kapler, Frank Thomas, and Nick Swisher; David Ortiz joined them for Games 1 and 2.
Fox Sports Deportes is offering a Spanish-language telecast of the series, with Pablo Alsina, Duaner Sánchez, and José Tolentino commentating. MLB International is televising the series outside the U.S. and Canada, with Gary Thorne and Rick Sutcliffe announcing.
The World Series started on a Tuesday for the first time since 1990, instead of a Wednesday as in previous years. This was to avoid a game on Thursday, generally a big day of television viewing, where Fox's telecast would face stiff competition from Thursday Night Football, ESPN College Football Thursday Primetime, and various popular primetime entertainment shows. The change also meant that the series only had to compete with the National Football League on one night (Sunday) instead of three (Thursday, Sunday and Monday).
ESPN Radio is airing the series, with Dan Shulman on play-by-play and Aaron Boone handling color commentary. Marc Kestecher anchors pre- and post-game coverage for the network along with Jon Sciambi, Chris Singleton and Peter Pascarelli. ESPN Deportes Radio is offering a Spanish-language broadcast, with Eduardo Ortega announcing along with Renato Bermúdez, Armando Talavera and José Francisco Rivera.
Locally, the series is being broadcast on the teams' flagship radio stations with their respective announcing crews. In San Francisco, KNBR is airing the games in English (with Jon Miller, Dave Flemming, Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow announcing), while KLOK broadcasts in Spanish (with Erwin Higueros and Tito Fuentes announcing). In Kansas City, KCSP is broadcasting the games (with Denny Matthews and Ryan Lefebvre announcing). Due to contractual obligations, the affiliate stations on the teams' radio networks must carry the ESPN Radio broadcasts of the games, although the local broadcasts are also available on Sirius and XM satellite radio and to Gameday Audio subscribers at MLB.com.
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