The magical streak of the Kansas City Royals came to a halt in Game One of the World Series as they were defeated by the Giants 7-1. That now extends the World Series winning streak of San Francisco, as they won their 7th game in a row dating back to when they earned the World Series in 2012.
Another streak worth mentioning in this game came from the shutdown performance of Madison Bumgarner. Before allowing a homerun to Sandaval Perez in the 7th inning, Bumgarner had pitched 32 scoreless innings on the road during this post season. He is one of the only pitchers in the league who has been able to come in during the playoffs and be the ace that everyone expects.
On the other side of the ball, James Shields wasn’t so lucky. Shields gave up the first run after Pablo Sandoval hit a double just 12 pitches into the game and Gregor Blanco came home. The score moved Sandoval past Barry Bonds and into first place on the Giants post-season runs list.
Hunter Pence was the next batter up and he would hit a two run shot with Kung Fu Panda on base. The Royals hadn’t even had a chance at the plate yet, and they already found themselves in a 3-0 hole in front of their home fans.
Things slowed down until the third inning, at which point Bumgarner found himself in trouble with runners on second and third with no outs. Then, just as we saw throughout the rest of the game, Bumgarner was able to hit the Royals with a flurry of pitches that struck out Alcides Escobar and Norichika Aoki in back-to-back plate appearances. After loading the bases, Bumgarner then got himself out of trouble by knocking down a line drive back to the mound and throwing out Eric Hosmer at first.
With momentum on their side, the Giants then came out in the fourth inning and continued to pour it on. After San Francisco put two runners on quickly, the Royals pulled Shields after just three innings of work. The Giants would then put up two more runs on Danny Duffy. The first came with Pence scored off a Michael Morse single to right, and then Brandon Belt scored after Blanco was walked with the bases loaded.
With things looking to get out of hand, the Giants would score two more runs in the seventh. The first came when Aoki misplayed a fly ball and Blanco scored, and then Sandoval singled to left and Joe Panik came across home plate.
The Royals had everything going in their favor before the game started on Tuesday night. They had won 8 games in a row and had the nation behind them as they entered their first World Series since 1985. Now, things look a bit shaky after getting blown out in their first game at home.
The odds for San Francisco to sweep are at just 12/1, but there is no denying that they now have momentum on their side. Be sure to check back with sportspicks.com handicappers for more insight and information before Game Two on Wednesday. The Royals will start 23-year-old Yorando Ventura in hopes that he can tie things up, while the Giants will look to take a stranglehold on the series with Jake Peavy on the mound.
The last team that had a winning streak of more than 6 games in the playoffs was the 2007 Rockies. However, they would go on to get swept in the World Series by Boston. Fans in Kansas City have been waiting a long time for this series to come, so they’ll be crossing their fingers that the series will come back to town for at least a Game Five.