San Francisco Giants Beat Kansas City Royals 7-1 In Game 1 Of 2014 World Series

Posted: Oct 22 2014, 2:45am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 22 2014, 5:11am CDT, in News | Latest Sports News

San Francisco Giants Beat Kansas City Royals 7-1 In Game 1 of 2014 World Series
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  • The San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals
  • Madison Bumgarner led the charge
  • Giants outfielder Hunter Pence's two-run home run

The San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals, 7-1, in Game 1 of the 2014 World Series on Oct. 21.

The San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals, 7-1, in Game 1 of the 2014 World Series on Oct. 21.

Madison Bumgarner stifled the Royals' offense (he allowed just three runs) while outfielder Hunter Pence got things going with a two-run homerun in the top of the first inning to help the Giants cruise to victory, per's Chris Haft:

"Madison Bumgarner continued to ensure his place in baseball history, while the Giants kept pursuing theirs with a 7-1 triumph over the Kansas City Royals in Tuesday night's World Series opener at Kauffman Stadium.

"Hunter Pence's two-run homer fueled a three-run first inning in Game 1 as the Giants proceeded to complement Bumgarner's seven-inning effort with their second-highest scoring total of the postseason.

"'We had good at-bats tonight,' said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. 'It's good to get those early runs, and we had some real nice at-bats early in the game. (Gregor) Blanco got us going, Buster (Posey), and Pablo (Sandoval) hit a good pitch, and Pence. It's good to give your guys some early runs there, and Bum was superb.'

"Bumgarner put the 'classic' in Fall Classic, blanking Kansas City until Salvador Perez homered with two outs in the seventh inning. That froze Bumgarner's career-opening streak of World Series shutout innings to 21, second all-time only to Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson's 28. Bumgarner also had lengthened his postseason road scoreless streak to 32 2/3 innings, extending his own Major League record.

"'It's tough not to pay attention to a streak when you've got it going,' said Bumgarner. 'I don't care. I'm not here trying to set records and keep streaks going and whatever, but you do know about it. A World Series game is not something you exactly forget about. So you remember what they were. But tonight, that was the last thing on my mind. We're up 7-0, so I'm just trying to compete and go after guys and be aggressive.'

"The left-hander, who allowed three hits, also earned his sixth postseason victory, breaking a tie with Mathewson and teammate Tim Lincecum for the franchise mark.

"'[Bumgarner] was on top of his game, hitting spots, a good fastball going, but his secondary pitches were good, too, his slider, his curveball, changeup,' said Bochy. 'He really did a nice job the one inning. We made an error, but he bowed his neck and made some great pitches to get out of that. I mean, they're getting back in the game, but he kept them from scoring.

"'Bum has great poise out there, and he showed it tonight. He doesn't get flustered, and he keeps coming at you.'

"By contrast, Royals starter James Shields lasted just three batters into the fourth inning, allowing five runs and seven hits. Pence doubled and scored to help chase Shields before Joe Panik's RBI triple prompted a two-run uprising in the seventh inning.

"'You know, it's definitely a good feeling to come out and play the way we did here, because we knew it was an intense atmosphere,' said Pence. 'It was a lot of days before both teams played. So I think Blanco's leadoff at-bat really was amazing. Not only that first inning, but also the way Madison came out and pitched the way (he did), getting us in, pretty quick innings. It kind of settles you into the ballgame and makes it feel pretty good.'

"San Francisco notched its 16th victory in 18 postseason games while handling the Royals, participating in the first Series since 1985, their initial loss after eight victories in their charmed postseason.

"The Giants also took a clean first step toward posterity. With three more victories in their best-of-seven confrontation against Kansas City, they'll become only the second National League team to capture three World Series trophies in five years, joining St. Louis (1942, 1944 and 1946)."

ESPN's Jayson Stark argues Pence's two-run blast could set the tone for a potential third World Series pennant for the Giants in the last five seasons:

"Has a World Series ever been won in the first inning of Game 1?

"OK, the correct answer is no, even though the 2007 (Colorado) Rockies might not be so sure about that.

"But what are we to make of that moment in the first inning Tuesday night, when Hunter Pence sent a baseball flying through the electrified Kansas City night, flying over the center-field fence and finally coming to earth in front of a sign that said, 'Hunter Pence thinks we're in Kansas'?

"We don't know, obviously, what's to come in this World Series. But it felt like more than just one swing of the bat. It felt like more than just a two-run homer that turned a 1-0 San Francisco Giants lead into a 3-0 Giants lead only five batters into this World Series.

"As you listened to the pandemonium of a fired up, packed house at Kauffman Stadium transform into what-just-happened confusion, it was hard not to wonder if the course of the 110th World Series hadn't just been altered in a way no one in Kansas City saw coming.

"'It's one game, bro,' Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval said after a 7-1 thumping of the no-longer-undefeated-in-the-postseason Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of this World Series. 'We've got a lot of games to play.'

"And that would be true. But you should know teams that win Game 1 of any World Series the way the Giants won this one tend to spray a lot of champagne in October.

"Over the past 30 years, only one team -- the 1996 (Atlanta) Braves (who threw a 2-1 wipeout of the [New York] Yankees in Yankee Stadium and then got Jim Leyritz-ed) -- has won a World Series opener by six runs or more and not gone on to win that Series. So there's that.

"There's also this: Teams that win Game 1 by almost any score tend to ride that momentum all the way to the parade floats. Only one of the past 10, two of the past 17, three of the past 20 and four of the past 26 teams to win a World Series opener have wound up losing that Series. There seems to be a trend in there somewhere."

Game 2 of the 2014 World Series between the Giants and Royals will be at 8:07 p.m. ET at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium on Oct. 22.

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