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- David Brown at Big League Stew1 hr ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Billy Butler must be one of the first players in World Series history to take a curtain call after an RBI single. Such responses usually happen after home runs, but the home crowd at Kauffman Stadium wouldn't let Butler get away Wednesday night, after he was removed for a pinch runner in Game 2, without waving "thanks."
Butler put the Kansas City Royals ahead to stay with an RBI single against Jean Machi in the deciding sixth-inning rally. Back in the first inning, Butler ensured that the San Francisco Giants wouldn't keep a lead for long after they scored first for the second straight night.
Butler's dual contributions were key in a 7-2 victory that evened the Series at a game apiece.
"Especially at home, I felt like this definitely was a must-win game," Butler said.
Royals manager Ned Yost said Butler's go-ahead hit was crucial.
"The hit off Machi to put us ahead 3‑2 at that point was a monster hit for us," Yost said. "Because, again, I felt really strongly that whoever scored that third run was probably going to win the game."
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 hr ago
The Kansas City Royals 7-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants in World Series Game 2 didn't necessarily set up perfectly, but it did allow manager Ned Yost to unleash his trio of dominant late-inning relievers with the game hanging in the balance.
The main thing that didn't fit Yost's preferred script was having to call on his usual seventh-inning reliever, Kelvin Herrera, to record an additional two outs in the sixth inning. Herrera has done this before during the postseason, recording five outs in the AL wild-game card and six outs in their ALCS Game 1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. It's something he's proven he can handle, and with a full week off in between outings, he was obviously well rested.
Make that extremely well rested. Herrera came right out of the bullpen firing nothing but heat. Eight 100-mph plus fastballs later, the Giants threat was over and many were left in amazement at Herrera's overpowering stuff.
That includes ESPN's Jayson Stark, who was moved to tweet the following.
- Nick Bromberg at Big League Stew1 hr ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Following their 7-2 World Series Game 2 win over the San Francisco Giants, a smoke machine pumped fake smoke through the air of the Kansas City Royals' clubhouse.
Or it could have been the residual heat from the Royals' bullpen master trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland. On Wednesday, the three shut out the Giants' offense to get the final 11 outs of the game.
The flamethrowing group has been integral to the Royals' success during the regular season and, even moreso, in the postseason. Through the Royals' 10 postseason games, the three have pitched 29 1/3 of the team's 95 innings played. Each has given up a solitary run and HDH, as they've come to be known via shorthand, have combined for 36 strikeouts while producing a WHIP of 0.89.
In Game 2, Herrera, the hardest-throwing member of the three, was up first once again as the Royals tied the World Series at 1-1.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Just as World Series Game 2 got interesting on Wednesday night, Comcast customers who double as baseball fans in and around Washington D.C. were left in the dark about what was going on at Kauffman Stadium. The Kansas City Royals had already struck for three run in what would prove to be the difference-making sixth inning in their 7-2 win over the San Francisco Giants, but the biggest blow and first real incidence of drama was yet to come.
All those fans knew was that Omar Infante was about to step in against Giants rookie reliever Hunter Strickland, and the Royals were on the brink of breaking the game wide open with one swing.
Then this happened.
The most dramatic point this far in the World Series and DC cable goes to an emergency alert test pattern. pic.twitter.com/Jw2T472Fn0
This is only a test of the emergency broadcast alert system. It's just a really poorly timed one.
- David Brown at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jake Peavy was cruising, having retired 10 straight batters and looking like he would save the San Francisco Giants from needing to use their bullpen until the seventh inning. But the sixth inning has been a danger zone for him — Peavy never had made it past the sixth in seven career postseason starts.
The Kansas City Royals helped to continue Peavy's unfortunate streak Wednesday night in Game 2 of the World Series, knocking out Peavy in the bottom of the sixth during a five-run outburst that keyed a 7-2 victory against the San Francisco Giants. It was Kansas City's first World Series victory since 1985.
Omar Infante's two-run homer capped the scoring in the sixth, and it also prompted a strange moment when players from both teams left their respective bench areas because of an argument between Strickland and Salvador Perez of the Royals. Regardless, the big inning put the Royals in position to tie the Series at a game apiece heading back San Francisco for three games at AT&T Park starting Friday night.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
The Kansas City Royals erased any doubts about how they'd bounce back from their first loss of the 2014 postseason. They were just fine in Game 2 of the World Series, potent in fact.
The Royals, powered by a five-run sixth inning, beat the San Francisco Giants by the count of 7-2. Omar Infante hit a two-run homer, Salvador Perez knocked a two-run double and Billy Butler had two RBI singles. The Giants imploded in the sixth after pulling starter Jake Peavy. They used four relievers in the inning. The one people will remember is rookie Hunter Strickland, who allowed Perez's double, Infante's homer and then lost his temper, causing the Royals' bench to clear.
Here are five key moments, starting with Strickland's meltdown:
- David Brown at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For reasons only he knows for sure, Tim Lincecum was not being truthful when he tried explaining why he missed the San Francisco Giants introductions Tuesday night before Game 1 of the World Series.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday he was told that Lincecum was vomiting about a half-hour before the first pitch. Bochy said the Giants head athletic trainer, Dave Groeschner, knew about Lincecum's illness, and pitching coach Dave Righetti was aware, too. Bochy, who didn't find out Lincecum was feeling ill until the next day, said it was his understanding that he was ready to pitch in Game 1 if need be.
"He was OK to pitch," Bochy said. "So he didn't feel he had to tell me [about missing the introductions] at that point.
"That's the honest truth."
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
The San Francisco Giants came out swinging in Game 1 of the World Series, routing the Kansas City Royals and taking a 1-0 lead in the series. The Royals try to even things up in Game 2 at home, sending their young fireballer Yordano Ventura to the mound to face Giants vet Jake Peavy.
Can the Royals rekindle their postseason magic? Or will the Giants head to S.F. with a 2-0 lead. We'll find out soon enough. And 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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- David Brown at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
Attention small-business owners and Major League Baseball fans: Think twice before you start production on your own line of unlicensed intimate apparel related to the World Series. If you push ahead anyway, Homeland Security might conduct a panty raid on your store.
That's what happened at Birdies Panties in Kansas City on Tuesday, when federal authorities "visited the Crossroads store and confiscated the few dozen pairs of underwear, printed in Kansas City by Lindquist Press," the K.C. Star reported Wednesday.
The seized panties — marketed as boy shorts — were to be available in blue and white, and said "Take the Crown" and "KC" along the bottom. They're still visible on the store's website, but the buying mechanism has been disabled.
It was the "KC" part that got Peregrine Honig of Birdies Panties into trouble.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
According to overnight ratings, Game 1 of the 2014 World Series struck a new low. Neither the Cinderella story of the Kansas City Royals or the dynasty-in-the-making Giants seemed to captivate the nation, as the game finished with an 8.0 rating. That's worse than Game 1 of the 2012 World Series, when Game 1 got an 8.8 million overnight rating.