Royals Take Game 2 With 7-2 Win

Kansas City took the lead with a five-run 6th inning
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 23, 2014 12:05 AM CDT
Royals Take Game 2 With 7-2 Win
Kansas City Royals player Omar Infante celebrates after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Oct. 22, 2014.   (Charlie Riedel)

The first showdown of brilliant bullpens went to the Kansas City Royals. After Kansas City took the lead with a five-run sixth inning, the trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and All-Star closer Greg Holland shut down the hot-hitting San Francisco Giants. Kansas City cruised from there to a 7-2 victory last night, evening the World Series at a game apiece as it shifts to the Bay Area for the next three games. "It's a huge luxury for me," Royals manager Ned Yost says. "After the sixth inning, my thinking is done. I don't have to mix and match." Herrera's blistering 101mph fastballs kept the free-swinging Giants on their heels, and Davis breezed through a perfect eighth inning with his own heat.

The hard-throwing Holland worked around a single in the ninth, punctuating the victory by punching the air. "We've got a pretty good recipe for success with Herrera, Davis, and Holland," Yost says. Meanwhile, the San Francisco bullpen—which had the fifth-best ERA in the majors and had tossed 12 2-3 scoreless innings in its last four games—was lit up like the crown-shaped scoreboard in center field. The series now shifts to AT&T Park, a quirky ballpark that very few Royals have played in. Jeremy Guthrie will be on the mound for them in Game 3 on Friday night, while veteran Tim Hudson makes the first World Series start of his 16-year big-league career for San Francisco. Read more on the game, which included a shouting match. (More World Series stories.)

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