A few hours before World Series Game 3, Michael Morse was sick — a flu bug, he thinks — leaving the Giants potentially without their best bench bat in a critical game. Yet by the time manager Bruce Bochy approached him in the middle innings to ask what he could contribute, Morse was feeling well enough to hit.
Before some fans at AT&T Park had even finished taking their seat, Alcides Escobar hammered the first pitch of the game from Tim Hudson for a double. He scored later in the inning on a groundout to give the Royals a lead they’d never surrender in their 3-2 victory in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday.
Ned Yost adapted to National League rules with a drastic lineup change, and after his Royals pulled out the 3-2 win that gave them a 2-1 advantage in this Fall Classic, only one word could accurately depict him: Genius.
If the Kansas City Royals go on to win this World Series, we can look back at a moment in Game 3 on Friday night that might just tell the whole story. First, though, let’s push the pause button and rewind to 2011 to understand how far these Royals have come. That was around the time they proudly wore the label of “baseball’s best farm system.”
Two runs weren’t enough to beat the Royals in Game 3 of the World Series, but it wasn’t a matter of poor approaches or a lack of good at-bats that had the Giants’ offense falling short Friday night, as far as hitting coach Hensley Meulens was concerned.
The Giants have seen this before, this being a stretch when enough runs couldn’t be bought, borrowed, leased or imported. But they have also survived these stretches to find themselves in the World Series for the third time in five years. So this is no time to abandon hope.
Major League Baseball used its biggest stage for the sixth year in a row to hold a live Stand Up To Cancer moment for a capacity crowd and a global FOX viewing audience.
Speaking before the Giants opposed Kansas City in Game 3 of the World Series, manager Bruce Bochy said he’ll consider using long relievers Yusmeiro Petit and Tim Lincecum in middle-inning situations and asking Jeremy Affeldt, Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla to work more than one inning if necessary.
Joe Panik arrived in the big leagues in late July and ended the revolving door at second base in San Francisco, and he said he couldn’t have had such a successful run if not for the confidence his manager and teammates have shown in him.
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins and White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko were presented with the Roberto Clemente Award, sponsored by Chevrolet, on Friday before Game 3 of the World Series at AT&T Park.