Tim Lincecum left Wednesday's World Series Game 2 with lower back tightness.
Lincecum threw a pitch to Salvador Perez and immediately knew something was wrong, walking off with a trainer without much resistance. The good news is that manager Bruce Bochy said he doesn't think it will be a big deal, saying, "We think he'll be fine." The club will know more tomorrow, and it's possible that Lincecum could be available as soon as Friday's Game 3 in San Francisco.
Omar Infante went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in a World Series Game 2 win over the Giants on Wednesday.
Infante was one of the Royals' worst offensive performers during the regular season, but he came up big in Game 2. He doubled and scored the Royals' second run in the second inning, and his two-run blast off Hunter Strickland capped a five-run sixth inning that decided the outcome of the game. The homer was his first in 145 career postseason at-bats. It was a good time for it, as the Royals needed a split to stand a chance heading to San Francisco for a three-game set that starts Friday.
Gregor Blanco hit a leadoff home run in Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series, but it wasn't enough to get the Giants a win.
Blanco turned around a Yordano Ventura 98 mph fastball on the eighth pitch of the at-bat, sending it over the right field wall to give the Giants the early lead. To say it was unexpected is an understatement, as Blanco has just 15 homers in 1,948 regular season at-bats in his career. He finished 1-for-3 with a walk, and the Giants head back home tied 1-1 in the series.
Salvador Perez came up with a big two-run double in the Royals' win in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.
Perez was just 5-for-39 in his first postseason before coming up with two runners on in the sixth inning. He changed that by smashing a Hunter Strickland pitch to the left-center gap, scoring both runs and winding up at second base. Perez later scored on an Omar Infante home run. The big hit came a day after Perez took Madison Bumgarner out for the Royals' only run in the Game 1 loss. If Perez gets going at the plate, it could mean good things for the Royals going forward.
Yordano Ventura allowed two runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Giants in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.
Ventura came out throwing smoke, and it bit him early when Gregor Blanco turned on a 98 mph fastball for a leadoff homer. But the 23-year-old wasn't rattled, allowing just one more run over the rest of his time. Two singles in the sixth inning -- a soft liner to center and an infield single -- prompted manager Ned Yost to call on his bullpen, but Kelvin Herrera escaped without harm to save Ventura from a worse fate. The rookie acquitted himself well in his first World Series start, and he'll likely start a potential Game 6 should the series require it.