The Giants are 5-1 on the road this postseason. And for a club that hasn’t had home-field advantage in any of the rounds, road performance is a necessity. The other half of it is this: The opposition can’t have a home-field advantage when Madison Bumgarner starts on the road, in the postseason, for the Giants. He gives up runs in October at roughly the rate of one every four years.
The most unsung aspect of the Giants’ success is how well they play defense. Alas, when shortstop Brandon Crawford booted a grounder in the third inning of Game 1 in the World Series on Tuesday night, it was the first error by a San Francisco position player since the NL Wild Card Game on Oct. 1.
After being absent from the mound for nearly the entire past three weeks, Danny Duffy tossed three-plus innings of relief for the Royals in their 7-1 loss to the Giants in Game 1 of the World Series.
Trisha Yearwood has performed the national anthem at several World Series, but no matter how many of these she’s asked to do, it never gets old.
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For Game 1 of the World Series, as Major League Baseball honored veterans and military families, Tony Clark of Augusta, Kan., was in the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat at Kauffman Stadium.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated before Tuesday’s World Series opener that he would prefer to stick with his usual substitution strategy involving Michael Morse, Juan Perez and Travis Ishikawa instead of tailoring his moves to American League rules for Games 1 and 2 of the World Series.
Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval and Royals catcher Salvador Perez are longtime friends from their days playing baseball together in Carabobo state in Venezuela in their early teens. Never in their wildest dreams could they have imagined facing each other in the World Series.
Most of the time, when somebody mentions the Royals, it’s about this season or 1985. But what about 1980? Nobody talks about that World Series, and guess who was in it?
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that last week’s front-office shakeup in which Andrew Friedman was hired as president of baseball operations and Ned Colletti was moved to the role of senior advisor hasn’t threatened his job security or shaken his belief in the organization’s future.