Royals Hang Ten, Force Game Seven With GiantsFollow @RoyalsBlue_com
The pressure was definitely on the Royals to win tonight. It’s simple: More pressure means a better performance, less pressure means a worse performance. This game had all the pressure on the Royals, and absolutely no pressure on the Giants, and it showed.
As baseball mourned the loss of Cardinals young outfielder, Oscar Taveras, one man in particular took it hard: Yordano Ventura. Before the game, Ventura put a tribute on his hat for the young life that was lost on Sunday night. If the goal was to give Oscar a pitching performance to be proud of, he met that goal, and laughed as he cruised past it leaving the San Francisco Giants in the dust. Of the three hits that the young flame thrower allowed, he gave up only one extra base-hit to Hunter Pence, who has continued to be a thorn in the side of the Royals. Ventura threw seven shutout innings, lowering his earned run average to 1.46 for the 2014 postseason. On top of all of that, he’s 23-years old, but he sure didn’t pitch like it.
“That kid had that look in his eye before the game started that it didn’t matter what the score was. He was going to go out and throw up a good ballgame for us.” Ned Yost told the media after he was asked about the ten runs that his team put up for Ventura.
After the virtually lifeless first inning, many were afraid that the trend would continue. The offense then promptly exploded for seven runs in the second inning. It started off with a bloop single from Alex Gordon, followed by a single from Salvador Perez, and a double off the bat of Mike Moustakas, which prompted a visit to the mound by the pitching coach. After an Omar Infante strikeout, things really started to spiral for the Giants. Five straight hits from Alcides Escobar, Nori Aoki, Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, and Billy Butler would lead to the rest of the Royal runs in the big second inning. The Royals tacked on three more runs over the course of the rest of the game with RBIs from Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, and Mike Moustakas.
No matter the outcome, one player that has been seriously overlooked is Omar Infante. Infante is batting a cool .300 with a home run this series, and has been surprisingly pleasant in the field. Omar Infante takes his fair share of grief, but finally there is something to be said for his performance this series.
With tonight’s fantastic team performance, Kansas City has forced game seven with the San Francisco Giants. Starting for the Gigantes will be the polar opposite of Yordano Ventura, and that’s Tim Hudson. Jeremy Guthrie will take the ball on the Royals side of things.
Just like in July when they were left for dead at 48-50, they came back. The Royals did the same tonight. When much of Kansas City left them for dead (including Yours Truly), they came back, and this time with history on their side. Go get that win, boys. Take what you deserve, and take the crown.
Just what the Royals needed. Ventura had just amazing stuff. He had some troubles with getting strikes, but Kellogg also was calling a very tight (and inconsistent) strike zone tonight. Eighth inning was pretty odd. Frasor throws perfect pitches to Panik and Sandoval and gives ... Read more