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 …
Bumgarner’s World Series stats: 22 innings, 8 hits, 1 run, 5 walks, 19 strikeouts.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) October 22, 2014
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.