The Kansas City Royals bullpen continued its playoff dominance, shutting out the Giants in the last three innings to win Game #3 in the MLB World Series 3-2, to go up 2-1 in this best-of-seven series.
After Jeremy Guthrie, who had a shutout through five innings, was taken out after allowing two Giants hitters to reach base in the bottom of the 6th inning. Those two inherited runners scored on Kelvim Herrera, but that would be all the bullpen would give up. What is so significant about this? The four relief pitchers that pitched after Jeremy Guthrie- Herrera, Finnegan, Wade Davis, and closer Greg Holland all have an ERA of 0.00 in the playoffs. Not one of those four relievers have given up an earned run. Tonight, Herrera pitched 1 1/3 innings, Finnegan pitched 2/3 innings and both Davis and Holland pitched one inning a piece, all of them scoreless. Guthrie gave up four hits and two earned runs in those five innings. He did not walk, or strike out, a batter. He got the win in this game.
For Finnegan, pitching in the World Series has put him in the history books. The 21-year-old Texas Christian University (TCU) alum is the first pitcher in MLB history to pitch in both the college World Series and the MLB World Series in the same year.
The Royals jumped out early in this game. With the very first pitch of the game, shortstop Alcides Escobar doubled off the left-field fence for a double. Alex Gordon, who was moved to the 2-hole, instead of batting sixth like he usually does, singled up the middle, to give the Royals the 1-0 lead.
The Royals put more runs on the board in the 6th inning. Escobar led off with a single. Gordon doubled to score Escobar to make it 2-0. Two outs later, Eric Hosmer singled up the middle to score Gordon and make it 3-0 Royals.
The Giants made it close, scoring twice in the bottom of the 6th. Brandon Crawford singled to start the rally. Michael Morse then doubled into the left-field corner to score Crawford and made it 3-1. With one out, Buster Posey grounded out to second, scoring Morse and making it 3-2.
That would be all the scoring in this game.
Tim Hudson took the loss for the Giants, pitching 5 2/3 innings, giving up four hits and three earned runs while walking one and striking out two.
This win bodes well for the Royals. In the last 55 World Series that were tied 1-1 after two games, the team that won Game #3 went on win the World Series 37 of those times, or 67% of the time.
Game #4 will be played in San Francisco on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. Kansas City will send out lefty Jason Vargas (11-10 3.71 regular season/1-0 2.38 playoffs) to face the Giants Ryan Vogelsong (8-13 4.00 regular season/0-0 5.19 playoffs).