City Royals catcher Salvador Perez and Greg Holland
celebrate after Game 2 of baseball's World Series
against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Oct. 22,
2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals won 7-2 to tie
the series at 1-1.
CITY, Mo. — The first showdown of brilliant bullpens
went to the Kansas City Royals.
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
City cruised from there to a 7-2 victory Wednesday night,
evening the World Series at a game apiece as it shifts to
the Bay Area for the next three games.
a huge luxury for me," Royals manager Ned Yost said.
"After the sixth inning, my thinking is done. I don't
have to mix and match."
just call on the gas.
blistering 101-mph 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.
Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum is escorted
off the field during the eighth inning of Game 2 of
baseball's World Series against the Kansas City
Royals Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo.
got a pretty good recipe for success with Herrera, Davis
and Holland," Yost said.
the San Francisco bullpen that 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.
game tied 2-all and Giants starter Jake Peavy in trouble
in the sixth, manager Bruce Bochy summoned reliever Jean
Marchi to face Billy Butler. The big designated hitter
responded with a hard single to left field, giving the
Royals a 3-2 lead and igniting a crowd that had been
waiting since a 7-1 loss in Game 1 for something to get
the matchups, Bochy called on Javier Lopez to face Alex
Gordon, and he did his job. The slumping Gordon flied out
to left field for the first out of the inning.
are the matchups we were trying to get," Bochy said.
ambled out to the mound once more, this time asking for
Hunter Strickland. This time, the move backfired —
Salvador Perez ripped a two-run double into the gap in
left field, and Omar Infante sent a pitch soaring into the
bullpen in left field to make it 7-2.
City Royals' 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 Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo.
let the team down," said Strickland, who has allowed
five postseason homers after giving up three during the
regular season — all at Double-A.
let his emotions get the better of him.
was rounding the bases as Perez headed for home, and
Strickland got into a shouting match with the Royals' big
catcher. Players from both benches streamed onto the
field, and a few of the Royals' relievers ran in from the
outfield bullpen, before order was restored.
started to look at me, so I asked him like, 'Hey, why you
look at me?'" Perez said. "So he was telling me,
'Get out of here, whatever.' So I don't know. 'You don't
have to treat me like that. Look at Omar. Omar hit a bomb.
I didn't hit a bomb. I hit a double.'"
one thing had become clear: The World Series suddenly had
plate umpire Eric Cooper holds back Kansas City
Royals Salvador Perez as he argues with San
Francisco Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland during
the sixth inning of Game 2 of baseball's World
Series Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo.
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.
battled and played well. We hit the ball hard," Peavy
said. "We had good at-bats. I thought we battled.
That sixth inning, it was a 2-2 game. Unfortunately, they
the combination of hard-throwing rookie Yordano Ventura,
who allowed two runs while pitching into the sixth inning,
and the Royals' lockdown bullpen, that was enough.
their pitching and our pitching, and the way both teams
play, we're going to have a fight, I think, every
game," Bochy said.
speaking, of course.
the teams nearly came to blows Wednesday night.
one of us has been roughed up before," said Giants
reliever Jeremy Affeldt, who once pitched for Kansas City.
"And we've all been part of something that's gotten
out of hand. That's what we signed up for. That's our job.
We go out there and do good, we still have a short memory.
over," he added. "We move on."