So, what happened last night? Madison Bumgarner dominated and James Shields not so much. Now everyone may be right about the extraordinary quality of the Royal’s Bullpen but by the time they got the call in the 4th Inning the game was already 5 – 0 and there was no saving to be done.

In the top of the 1st, Leadoff Single, Sacrifice, Single, Runners at the Corners, Double, Caught advancing, 2 RBI HR, Giants 3 – 0.

In the top of the 4th, Leadoff Double, Wild Pitch, Runner at 3rd, Walk, RBI Single, Shields pulled for Duffy, Sacrifice, 2nd and 3rd, Walk, RBI Walk, Giants 5 – 0.

In the top of the 7th, Leadoff Walk, RBI Triple, Pitching Change, Line Out, RBI Single, Giants 7 – 0.

In the bottom of the 7th a 2 Out Solo Shot, 7 – 1 Giants.

Game Over Dude.

Now I heard the announcers make some kind of remark about how it’s not so bad, that in Series where the Home team got blown out (and it * was* a blowout, make no mistake) the last 4 out of 5 times that team came back to win it. I wish I could be more encouraging.

With this loss (and it was Ace against Ace on full rest) the Royals surrender Home Field Advantage and will have to win at least one game at the Giants to prevail whereas the Giants could sweep at Home and never have to visit the Royals again after tonight, win or lose. Also Bumgarner is a rubber arm who threw only slightly more than 100 pitches and could easily make 3 appearences in this Series.

So either the Royals come up with a solution or the Giants only need 1 more game from somebody.

Now lest you think I’m just a heartless bastard who hates the Royals (and I * am* a heartless bastard, but I

*necessarily hate the Royals any more than every team that’s not the Mets) I have a smidge of sympathy since it’s been so long for them.*

__don’t__But it’s Chicago Cubs sympathy.

Starting tonight for the Royals is Yordano Ventura (R, 14 – 10, ERA 3.20). He’s a rookie with 3 appearences but no decisions Post Season and an ERA of 4.61 based on 13 Innings Pitched with 12 Hits, 2 Home Runs, and 7 Runs Scored.

He will be matched for the Giants by Jake Peavy (R, 7 – 13, ERA 3.73). Post Season he is 1 – 0 in 2 appearences with an ERA of 1.86 based on 9.2 Innings Pitched with 6 hits, 1 Home Runs, and 2 Runs Scored.

This is really a pick ’em. Peavy’s had a better Post Season but has played fewer innings and he sucked during the regular season. It all depends on if the Royals bring their bats to the park tonight.

8 pm Fox.

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Blanco homered to right on a full count.

Panik flied out to right fielder Aoki.

Posey struck out.

Sandoval grounded out, pitcher Ventura to first baseman Hosmer.

Runs: 1, Hits: 1

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Escobar infield single to short.

Aoki flied out to center fielder G.Blanco.

Escobar was caught stealing, catcher Posey to second baseman Panik.

Cain doubled to left.

Hosmer walked on four pitches.

Butler singled to center, Cain scored, Hosmer to third.

Gordon fouled out to left fielder Ishikawa.

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Pence flied out to center fielder Cain.

Belt struck out.

Morse singled to center.

Ishikawa grounded into fielder’s choice to shortstop A

Escobar unassisted, Ishikawa to first, Morse out.

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Perez lined out to first baseman Belt.

Infante doubled to left.

Moustakas flied out to center fielder Blanco.

Escobar doubled to right, Infante scored.

Aoki lined out to left fielder Ishikawa.

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Crawford grounded out, second baseman Infante to first baseman Hosmer.

Blanco grounded out to first baseman Hosmer unassisted.

Panik singled to right.

Posey grounded out, second baseman Infante to first baseman Hosmer.

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Cain flied out to right fielder Pence.

Hosmer grounded out, second baseman Panik to first baseman Belt.

Butler flied out to center fielder G.Blanco.

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Sandoval doubled to center.

Pence grounded out, shortstop A.Escobar to first baseman Hosmer.

Belt doubled to right, Sandoval scored.

Morse flied out to right fielder Aoki. Belt was out advancing, right fielder Aoki to shortstop A.Escobar to pitcher Ventura to second baseman Infante, Belt out.

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Gordon flied out to center fielder Blanco.

Perez grounded out, second baseman Panik to first baseman Belt.

Infante grounded out, shortstop B.Crawford to first baseman Belt.

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Ishikawa singled to center.

Crawford grounded into fielder’s choice, second baseman Infante to shortstop Escobar, B.Crawford to first, Ishikawa out.

Blanco popped out to second baseman Infante.

Panik flied out to center fielder L.Cain.

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Moustakas grounded out, second baseman Panik to first baseman Belt.

Escobar struck out.

Aoki flied out to center fielder Blanco.

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Dyson in as center fielder. Cain in as right fielder.

Posey singled to center. S

Sandoval flied out to right fielder L.Cain.

Pence infield single to short, Posey to second. K.Herrera pitching.

Belt flied out to left fielder A.Gordon.

Morse grounded into fielder’s choice, shortstop A.Escobar to second baseman Infante, Morse to first, Pence out.

Runs: 0, Hits: 2

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Cain singled to center.

Hosmer walked on a full count, L.Cain to second.

Machi pitching.

Butler singled to left, Cain scored, Hosmer to second.

Lopez pitching.

Gore pinch-running for Butler.

Gordon flied out to left fielder Ishikawa.

Strickland pitching.

On wild pitch by Strickland, Hosmer to third, Gore to second. S.Perez doubled to center, Hosmer scored, Gore scored.

Infante homered to left on a 1-0 count, Perez scored.

Affeldt pitching.

Moustakas singled to center.

Escobar grounded into a double play, shortstop Crawford to second baseman Panik to first baseman Belt, Moustakas out.

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Gore in as designated hitter.

Ishikawa struck out.

Crawford walked.

Blanco walked, Crawford to second.

Panik lined out to center fielder Dyson.

Posey grounded out, second baseman Infante to first baseman Hosmer.

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Tim Lincecum pitching.

Dyson flied out to left fielder Ishikawa.

Cain grounded out, shortstop Crawford to first baseman Belt.

Hosmer struck out.

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Wade Davis pitching.

Sandoval struck out.

Pence struck out.

Belt grounded out, first baseman Hosmer to pitcher Davis.

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Willingham pinch-hitting for Gore.

Willingham struck out.

Gordon fouled out to third baseman Sandoval.

S.Casilla pitching.

Perez struck out.

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Greg Holland pitching.

Susac pinch-hitting for Morse. Susac struck out.

Ishikawa struck out.

Crawford singled to right.

On defensive indifference, Crawford to second.

Blanco struck out.

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