Madison Bumgarner was a beast again Tuesday, holding the Royals to one run over seven excellent frames in a 7-1 World Series Game 1 victory.
He struck out five, walked one and allowed just three hits, with Salvador Perez’s solo homer in the seventh inning representing the only blemish on his record. The Royals were only able to muster one rally versus Bumgarner, and that was in the third inning after Brandon Crawford booted a ball to start the frame. MadBum wound up pitching out of that inning with a couple strikeouts and a groundout. Perez’s homer is the only run Bumgarner has allowed in the World Series in 22 career innings. He’ll get the ball again in Game 5, assuming the series lasts that long.
James Shields lasted just three-plus innings Tuesday against the Giants, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk in the World Series Game 1 loss.
The Giants jumped on Shields early with two singles and an RBI double after the first four hitters of the game. Shields caught a break when Buster Posey was easily thrown out at home on a silly send from third base coach Tim Flannery, but the next batter, Hunter Pence, smashed a two-run shot over the center field wall. Pence also scored in the fourth after a leadoff double on a Michael Morse single that chased Shields. The Royals’ ace now has a 7.11 ERA over four starts this postseason. Despite Shields' struggles, Royals manager Ned Yost said after the game that the righty would get the ball in a potential Game 5.
Hunter Pence launched a two-run homer and reached base four times in Tuesday's World Series Game 1 win over the Royals.
The Giants first dented the scoreboard on Pablo Sandoval's first-inning double, but Pence provided the big blow with a laser to center field that cleared the wall for a two-run shot. He later added a double and also drew a pair of walks. Every player in the Giants' lineup had a hit save for Travis Ishikawa, who was lifted after just one at-bat.
Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-5 with an RBI double and RBI single in Tuesday's victory over the Royals.
Sandoval got the scoring going with a two-base knock in the first inning that plated Gregor Blanco and capped off the scoring with an RBI single in the seventh. He could have easily been credited with a third hit, but his hard smash to Mike Moustakas in the ninth inning was changed to an error.
Salvador Perez smacked a solo homer for the Royals' only run in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.
Madison Bumgarner left a 1-2 cutter over the plate with two outs in the seventh, and Perez put it into the bullpen. It was all the Royals could manage offensively, as they were thwarted in their one rally in the third inning. Alcides Escobar, Billy Butler and Mike Moustakas had the other Royals' hits.
LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Twins have three finalists for their manager job in Paul Molitor, Doug Mientkiewicz and Torey Lovullo.
That means Gene Glynn, Sandy Alomar Jr., Joe McEwing and DeMarlo Hale have been eliminated. The feeling all along has been that Molitor is the favorite for the job, and there's been no indication that that's changed. Lovullo, who is the Red Sox' bench coach, is the lone finalist from outside the organization.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Mets will interview former Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long on Wednesday for the same position with their club.
Mike Puma of the New York Post reported earlier this month that Long would receive consideration for the job, and it appears that he will indeed interview. The Yankees struggled offensively the last two seasons, but they had been terrific prior to that during Long's tenure.
Diamondbacks purchased the contract of RHP Enrique Burgos from High-A Visalia.
Burgos needed to be added to the 40-man roster in order to be protected from the Rule 5 Draft. The 23-year-old hard-thrower experienced a breakthrough in High-A this season, posting a 2.47 ERA while striking out 83 over 54 2/3 innings.