World Series Reset: Can the Giants even things up?


source: AP

The Game: World Series Game 4. Kansas City Royals lead San Francisco Giants 2-1
The Time: 8:07 PM Eastern
The Place: AT&T Park, San Francisco, California
The Channel: Fox
The Starters: Jason Vargas vs. Ryan Vogelsong
The Upshot: After losing Game 1, the Royals have responded with two straight victories to grab a lead in the series. Can the Giants answer? That’s the big question going into Game 4. While there was some speculation about Madison Bumgarner potentially getting the start on short rest, Giants manager Bruce Bochy will stick with Ryan Vogelsong for the assignment. But you can bet that we’ll see Yusmiero Petit at some point. He has thrown nine scoreless innings this postseason, including six in the 18-inning game against the Nationals during the NLDS and three in relief of Vogelsong during the NLCS. You could make the case that he’s a better option to start, so the leash will likely be short if Vogelsong is shaky early. As for the Royals, they’ll go with Vargas, who has gone 10 days since his last start. He has gotten into the sixth inning with a lead in each of his two postseason starts and Ned Yost would be thrilled to see it happen again. Kelvin Herrera has thrown 59 pitches over the past three days, so it will be interesting to see whether he’ll be available again tonight. Even if he is, one wonders how effective he’ll be. If the Royals make it three straight, they could wrap up the series tomorrow night.

Attempting to complete cycle, Robinson Chirinos thrown out to end game

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With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.

Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.

The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.

Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.