Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the World Series, in San Francisco:
SS Alcides Escobar
LF Alex Gordon
RF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
3B Mike Moustakas
2B Omar Infante
C Salvador Perez
CF Jarrod Dyson
SP Jeremy Guthrie
Playing under NL rules forced Royals manager Ned Yost to alter his lineup for the first time this postseason, placing designated hitter Billy Butler on the bench. Yost has also benched right fielder Norichika Aoki, whose struggles defensively have been on full display of late. In his place Jarrod Dyson starts in center field, center fielder Lorenzo Cain shifts to right field, and Alex Gordon moves from No. 6 to No. 2 in the batting order. Mike Moustakas, who had been batting ninth, now bats fifth.
CF Gregor Blanco
2B Joe Panik
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
RF Hunter Pence
1B Brandon Belt
LF Travis Ishikawa
SS Brandon Crawford
SP Tim Hudson
For the Giants it’s back to the usual lineup, which means Michael Morse returning to the bench. Travis Ishikawa stays in left field.
Andy McCullough of the K.C. Star has a story on Omar Infante, who hit a big homer on Wednesday night. He’s doing what he’s doing through a lot of shoulder pain, however, which has sapped his effectiveness for a couple of months. But he’s taking some serious painkillers now which are helping:
“I feel better, because I’m taking strong pills,” Infante said. “That’s helped me a lot. I feel it a little bit in B.P., and I still feel sore in the front of my shoulder. But yesterday I felt more comfortable.”
Specifically, he’s taking Toradol, which is a pretty controversial drug. Many teams have banned it and it’s illegal in some other countries as well. It can cause some serious side effects, including internal bleeding. As Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston wrote in early 2013, Clay Buchholz believes it’s what led to him contracting esophagitis which landed him in the ICU a couple of years ago.
But it is used because, in some cases, teams and players feel they have to use it in order to get through the grind of the 162+ game season and get players in the position to play. In this way it’s much like what every player who has ever used HGH and other banned PEDs have said about why they used them. But that’s different. Because . . . well, it’s different. Trust us on this.
Giants reliever Hunter Strickland had a memorable night, even if it was one he’d probably like to forget.
Things were already unraveling in the sixth inning due to Bruce Bochy probably sticking with Jake Peavy too long and Jean Machi not putting out the fire immediately, allowing the Royals to score the go-ahead run. Javier Lopez did his job in retiring lefty Alex Gordon, but then Strickland entered in a tough spot: two men on and one man out with the Giants down a run.
And he clearly didn’t have it. A wild pitch (nerves?) and a two-run double later (more nerves?0 he was facing Omar Infante, who is not a serious home run threat. Of course he left him a big fat pitch over the plate and it went out of the yard. Now, Strickland has allowed a good number of home runs this postseason. That’s a big reason why, maybe, it’s not a good idea to call on him with runners on base. Either way, if the young and inexperienced Strickland has experience with anything, it’s with watching opposing hitters take their home run trots. Strickland, however, acted like he’d never seen such a thing before and started jawing at Sal Perez, who was waiting at home to congratulate Infante. The highlight, embedded with the players talking about the little dustup:
Strickland blamed “miscommunication.” Whatever makes you feel better dude. You were the only one communicating, and what you were telling the world was that you lost your cool after letting the game get totally out of hand.
He’s young, and as Bruce Bochy noted in that clip, he’s intense. And with stuff like his, he’ll eventually be the kind of guy who is routinely called on to get his team out of jams. But for the moment, however, he has played and ranted his way out of the World Series. Or at least he should have.
Yordano Ventura held the Giants to two runs over five-plus innings and the Kansas City offense awoke for seven runs on 10 hits as the Royals evened up the 2014 World Series at a win apiece with a 7-2 Game 2 victory on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
The game was tied at 2-2 after five innings, but the Royals broke through in a huge way in the bottom of the sixth against Giants starter Jake Peavy and the San Francisco bullpen. Here’s how it went …
- Lorenzo Cain singled to center
- Eric Hosmer walked, Cain to second
- Peavy replaced by Jean Machi
- Billy Butler singled to left center, Cain scored, Hosmer to second
- Machi replaced by Javier Lopez
- Alex Gordon flied out to left field
- Lopez replaced by Hunter Strickland
- Hosmer to third, pinch-runner Terrance Gore to second on wild pitch
- Salvador Perez doubled to deep left center, Hosmer and Gore scored
- Omar Infante homered to deep left, Perez scored
- Strickland replaced by Jeremy Affeldt
- Mike Moustakas singled to center
- Alcides Escobar grounded into double play
Strickland exchanged words with Perez while the Royals’ catcher was waiting to congratulate Infante at home plate, causing both benches (and both bullpens) to clear. But the fracas lasted no more than a minute.
Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland went a combined 3 2/3 scoreless innings to close it out.
The action now shifts to AT&T Park for Games 3, 4, and 5. We could have a classic one on our hands.
The host Royals have the visiting Giants right where they want them in Game 2 of the World Series.
Giants starter Jake Peavy cruised through the third, fourth, and fifth innings on just 26 total pitches, but he gave up a leadoff single to Lorenzo Cain at the top of the sixth and was lifted from the game after issuing a walk to the next batter, Eric Hosmer. Royals designated hitter Billy Butler then laced a Jean Machi fastball into left field, scoring Cain.
Giants lefty Javier Lopez came into the game and took care of Alex Gordon, but Salvador Perez pounced on the next reliever, righty Hunter Strickland, for a two-run double to the left-center field gap. Omar Infante followed with a two-run blast out to the bullpen in left and Strickland began jawing at Perez, who was waiting for Infante to cross home plate. The benches cleared, but nothing came of it and Strickland was quickly removed by Giants manager Bruce Bochy. Kansas City leads 7-2 as Game 2 moves to the seventh inning.
The Royals will be firing up dominant relievers Wade Davis and Greg Holland to close this thing out.