Oct 26, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) scores a run past Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (left) in the 8th inning during game five of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Can the Kansas City Royals rebound and win the World Series as the American League representative?
The Royals are one game away from losing the ’14 Fall Classic, being down 3-2 to the National League champion San Francisco Giants following the Giants’ 5-0 win over the Royals, Sunday night.
Thus far, this World Series has seen just one game ended by one run, when the Giants won Game 3 by a 3-2 score. The rest of the games have been decided by no fewer than five runs, with these being the final scores:
Game 1: Giants 7, Royals 1
Game 2: Royals 7, Giants 2
Game 3: Royals 3, Giants 2
Game 4: Giants 11, Royals 4
Game 5: Giants 5, Royals 0
Game 6 will take place on Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. ET in Kansas City, and if needed, Game 7 will take place the following night on Oct. 29, also in KC.
I thought this series would be a little closer in terms of the overall final results of the games, but one thing that really stands out is the pitching of Madison Bumgarner.
The Giants ace, Bumgarner, is 2-0 in this World Series, out-dueling Royals ace James Shields both times in the World Series meetings.
Bumgarner went all nine innings on Sunday in San Francisco, allowing no runs on four hits and no walks. He struck out eight. In his first outing in the World Series in Game 1, Bumgarner went seven innings, allowing one earned run on three hits and one walk, along with five strikeouts.
But now the Giants no longer have their best pitcher at their disposal for a start, and it could be the perfect opportunity for the Royals not only for a Game 7, but maybe to win two games in a row again, like they did in Games 2 and 3.
This World Series is far from over, and Game 6 will be an all-or-nothing type of game for the Royals, or at least it should be.
Do you believe the Royals have enough left in the tank to force a Game 7?
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