The Kansas City Royals shut out the San Francisco Giants, 10-0, behind a seven-run second inning in Game 6 of the 2014 World Series on Oct. 28. With the win, the Royals leveled the series at three games apiece. Game 7 will be at 8:07 p.m. ET on Oct. 29.
The Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants, 10-0, in Game 6 of the 2014 World Series on Oct. 28.
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The Royals relied on a seven-run barrage in the bottom of the second inning to pull away for good and level the series at three games apiece, per MLB.com's Dick Kaegel:
"Maybe it was the passion in the home crowd. Maybe it was more magic from the Royals' bag. Maybe it was the spirit of 1985. Whatever it was, it worked magnificently for the Royals and Yordano Ventura as they forced a Game 7 in the 110th World Series.
"Ventura pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just three hits, and Kansas City scored early and often as the Royals rambled to a 10-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants in Game 6 on Tuesday night with 40,372 revved-up fans at Kauffman Stadium. So it will be winner-take-all on Wednesday (6:30 p.m. CT air time on FOX; 7:07 first pitch) as the Royals seek their second World Series championship and the Giants their eighth.
"Noise seemed to reach a new level of intensity in the first inning, after Lorenzo Cain tracked down Joe Panik's bid for extra bases, with booming chants of 'Let's go, Royals!' But the crowd eclipsed even that in the Royals' second inning, a seven-run joyride against pitchers Jake Peavy and Yusmeiro Petit.
"'We'll take any win possible right now. Close, blowout, it doesn't matter,' Cain said. 'We came out swinging and we definitely needed everyone in the lineup to step up. 'Ace' [Ventura] did an outstanding job on the bump. He went out there and he was lights out. He went out there and he was lights out. We need to swing the bats and have another outstanding outing from our starting pitcher tomorrow.'
"...Eight of the first nine batters got hits and the Royals matched the 2001 D-backs (Game 6) as the only World Series teams to get hits from all nine players in the first three innings of a game.
"Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez each singled to lead off the second and Mike Moustakas doubled just over first base for the first run. Omar Infante struck out, but Alcides Escobar, on a bouncer to Brandon Belt, dodged past him to first base for a bases-loading single.
"Belt anticipated a possible play at the plate but Perez held third.
"'When I hit the ball and he was looking to home plate and I was running hard, I said, 'I'm going to beat this guy and be safe at first,' Escobar said. He was.
"Nori Aoki followed with an RBI single to left and Peavy was replaced by Petit.
"'We were making Peavy work, we were making him throw in the strike zone,' Billy Butler said. 'He likes to throw a slider down in the zone and get some chases and nibble at the corners -- just make us work. And we kind of reversed it on him. We were making him come in the strike zone...and we decided to just swing at strikes.'
"Cain blooped a two-run single into right and Hosmer blooped a two-run double into left. Then Butler got the longest hit of the inning, an RBI to the right-center wall and it was 7-0."
The Kansas City Star's Sam Mellinger weighed in on the Royals' Game 6 win in his Oct. 28 blog:
"Over the last month, as this Royals season has gone from fun to storybook to magical to unforgettable, those four words -- is this real life? -- have been said by little boys and old women and young baseball stars and middle-aged club officials.
"Making the playoffs meant a success, and changed the story of a franchise. Winning the Wild Card Game with one of the greatest comebacks in baseball history made it feel a bit like a movie, and sweeping their way into the World Series made them league champions.
"Game seven means baseball's largest audience of the year will watch this group of friends who've grown up together try to play their way into the sport's history through a crazy playoff ride that seems both longer and shorter than 30 days.
"They'll play the most important game of their lives at Kauffman Stadium, in what's become baseball's rowdiest scene, by the quirky virtue of Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera laeding the American League to victory in July's All-Star Game, which makes as much sense as so much of the rest of the Royals' story.
"...This season was already a success, literally a game-changer for baseball in Kansas City, and that's true no matter what happens Wednesday. The greatest ride sports fans here have had in a generation ends Wednesday, one way or the other, and doing it in a Game 7 is the only way to match the relentless twists and surges of a playoff run that's already changed their franchise's history."
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