Giants stomp Royals 7-1 in World Series Game 1 rout


The 2014 Royals have finally dropped a postseason game. And it was an ugly one for the home team.

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner threw seven innings of one-run ball and the San Francisco offense rattled off 10 hits — including three from Pablo Sandoval and a double and homer from Hunter Pence — as part of a 7-1 rout of the host Royals on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

The Royals generated only three hits against Bumgarner, who was working on a streak of 32 2/3 scoreless postseason innings until Salvador Perez slugged a solo homer over the left field fence in the bottom of the seventh to finally put KC on the board. It’s the first run that Bumgarner has allowed in three World Series starts, and his career line in the Fall Classic now looks like this …

Royals Game 1 starter James Shields had to be lifted in the top of the fourth inning. He was charged with five earned runs on seven hits and a walk, and he’s now sporting a 7.11 ERA in 19 frames this postseason.

The Royals will try to even up the series in Game 2 on Wednesday before the action shifts to San Francisco’s AT&T Park. It’ll be Royals youngster Yordano Ventura against veteran Jake Peavy of the Giants.

Max Scherzer, with broken nose, strikes out 10 Phillies over seven shutout innings

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Nationals starter Max Scherzer bunted a ball into his face during batting practice on Tuesday, breaking his nose in the process. He ended up with a gnarly looking shiner around his right eye, making him appear a bit like Terminator. Scherzer still took the ball to start the second game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader against the Phillies.

Despite the injury, Scherzer was incredibly effective, limiting the Phillies to four hits and two walks across seven shutout innings, striking out 10 batters in the process. He might even have had some extra adrenaline going, as he averaged 96.2 MPH on his fastball, his highest average fastball velocity in a game since September 2012, per’s Jamal Collier. The Nationals provided Scherzer with just one run of support, coming on a Brian Dozier solo home run off of Jake Arrieta in the second inning, but it was enough.

Wander Suero worked a scoreless top of the eighth with a pair of strikeouts. Victor Robles added a solo homer off of Pat Neshek in the bottom half. Closer Sean Doolittle took over in the ninth, working a 1-2-3 frame to give the Nats their 2-0 victory.

Over his last six starts, Scherzer now has a 0.88 ERA with a 59/8 K/BB ratio across 41 innings. He has gone six innings, struck out at least nine batters, and held the opposition to two or fewer runs in each of those six starts.