Game 7 was a close game with great relief pitching on both sides. The Giants got it started in the top of the second inning with Pablo Sandoval getting hit by a pitch. Hunter Pence got a base hit and Brandon Belt got single as well, then Michael Morse hit a sacrifice fly to given the Giants a 1-0 lead. Brandon Crawford had a sacrifice fly to give them a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the inning the Royals tied it up, Billy Butler had a singled and scored on a Alex Gordon double. Then after a Salvador Perez hit by pitch and a out Omar Infante hit a sacrifice fly to score Gordon. Then the Giants took the lead for good in the top of the fourth inning, Sandoval had a single and Hunter Pence also had a single, Michael Morse had a single scoring Sandoval to give them a 3-2 lead. The bullpen would shut down the hitters the rest of the night. Madison Bumgarner pitched 5 scoreless innings one hit relief to cement his place as the World Series MVP. He also gave the San Francisco Giants their 3 World Series title in the past 5 years.
The Kansas City Royals had a big second inning to defeat the San Francisco Giants 10-0 and forced a game seven on Wednesday night. They got it started with two singles, and Mike Moustakas scored Alex Gordon with a double. Then after one out, Alcides Escobar got an infield single, and Nori Aoki got a single scoring Salvador Perez. Lorenzo Cain got a single scoring Escobar and Moustakas. After Giants starter Jake Peavy got removed for Yusmiero Petit, Eric Hosmer has a two run double scoring Aoki and Cain. Billy Butler had a double scoring Hosmer in a 7 run, 8 hit 2nd inning for the Royals. in the bottom of the fifth inning, Cain had a double scoring Omar Infante to make it 8-0. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Infante had a single and scored on Escobar’s double to make it 9-0. In the bottom of the seven inning, Moustakas hit a home run off of Hunter Strickland to make it 10-0. It set up a game seven at Kauffman Stadium with Jeremy Guthrie going for the Royals and Tim Hudson going for the Giants with first pitch at 8:07 P.M.
Here are my picks for NFL Week 9. Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, and Tennessee have byes.
New Orleans defeat Carolina
Cleveland defeat Tampa Bay
Philadelphia defeat Houston
Kansas City defeat NY Jets
Cincinnati defeat Jacksonville
San Diego defeat Miami
Minnesota defeat Washington
San Francisco defeat St. Louis
New England defeat Denver
Seattle defeat Oakland
Pittsburgh defeat Baltimore
Indianapolis defeat NY Giants
Madison Bumgarner pitched a complete game shutout in Game 5 as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals 5-0. The Giants started the scoring in the bottom of the second, with a Hunter Pence single, and after a Brandon Belt single, a Travis Ishikiawa filed out to center, and Brandon Crawford ground out to give them a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the 4th, Pablo Sandoval singled, Ishikiawa singled, and Crawford singled to give the Giants a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the eight inning, the Giants put the game away Pence singled and followed by a Sandoval base hit than Juan Perez had a two run double. Then Crawford had a single to drive in Perez, and the Giants finally break through against the Royals vaunted bullpen. The Giants can clinch their 3rd World Series title in the past 5 years on Tuesday night. Jake Peavy will pitch for the Giants, and he will take on Yorando Ventura of the Royals at Kauffman Stadium with first pitch at 8:07 P.M.
Ben Roethlisberger proved that he still an outstanding quarterback and had one of the greatest days in NFL and Steelers history. He went 40-49 for 522 yards for 6 touchdowns. He had no sacks or interceptions, and the running game was great as well with Le’Veon Bell rushed for 92 yards. Antonio Brown has 10 catches 133 yards for 2 touchdowns, and Martavis Bryant has 7 catches plus 2 touchdowns as well. The defense had a good game as well pressuring Andrew Luck and getting two sacks, and getting a safety on intentional grounding plus William Gay returning an interception 33 yards for a touchdown. The offensive line helped the team get 639 yards in total offense, but there were two fumbles that could have cost them. There was a Roethlisberger pooch punt that was blocked and would set up a Colts field goal, plus there were too many penalties. The Steelers won 51-34 and are 5 and 3 going into next Sunday’s night game versus the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field with kickoff at 8:30 P.M.
The San Francisco Giants showed why they have been in three World Series in the past five years. They overcome a 4-1 deficit to defeat the Kansas City Royals 11-4 tied the series at 2 games a piece. The Giants took an early lead on Hunter Pence’s fielder choice. The Royals scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning an Eric Hosmer single, an Omar Infante two-run single, and a Salvador Perez single. Then in the bottom of the inning a Buster Posey single cut the deficit to 4-2. The Giants tied it in the bottom of the fifth, Joe Panik had a double and scored on a Pence single. Then after a Pablo Sandoval single and a walk to Brandon Belt, Juan Perez hit a sacrifice fly scoring Pence. The Giants took the lead in the bottom of the sixth. After a pinch hit single by Joaquin Arias and a Gregor Blanco single there was sacrifice bunt by Joe Panik, it set up a Sandoval two run single that gave the Giants a 6-4 lead. Then Brandon Belt had a single scoring Sandoval to make it 7-4. The Giants added four run in the bottom of the seventh. Brandon Crawford had a single and pinch hitter Michael Morse walked, and Gregor Blanco had a bunt single scoring Crawford. Then Joe Panik had a two run double, and Pence scored him on a double. The Giants bullpen held the Royals scoreless for the last six innings. Madison Bumgarner will pitch for the Giants in a game one rematch against James Shields at AT&T Park Sunday night with first pitch at 8:07 P.M.
The Kansas City Royals formula worked again tonight with a 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants to take a 2-1 series lead. The Royals started the scoring in the 1st inning when Alcides Escobar had a double and scored on a Lorenzo Cain ground out. In the 6th inning, they added two runs Escobar had a single and scored on Alex Gordon double. Gordon would score on a Eric Hosmer single to give the Royals a 3-0 lead. In the bottom of the sixth the Giants would get back in the game. Brandon Crawford singled and scored on a Michael Morse pinch hit double. Morse would score on a Buster Posey ground out to the Royals lead to 3-2. The Royals bullpen would keep the Giants scoreless for the last four innings. The Giants will send Ryan Vogelsong to the mound against the Royals Jason Vargas Saturday night at AT&T Park with first pitch at 8:07 P.M.
The Kansas City Royals had a big 6th inning and defeated the San Francisco Giants 7 to 2 to tied the World Series at one game apiece. The Giants took the lead in the first inning on a Gregor Blanco home run. In the bottom of the 1st, Billy Butler tied the game on a single that scored Lorenzo Cain. Alcides Escobar doubled scoring Omar Infante to give the Royals a 2-l lead after two innings. In the top of the 4th, Brandon Belt doubled scoring Pablo Sandoval to tied the game at 2. The Royals took over in the 6th, It started with a Cain singled, and moved to second on a Eric Hosmer walk, then scored on a Billy Butler single to give them a 3-2 lead. Salvador Perez doubled scoring Hosmer and pinch runner Terrance Gore to give them a 5-2 lead and Omar Infante hit a two run home run to give the Royals a 7-2 lead. After Infante homerun, Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland stared at him and the benches empty. The Royals bullpen held the Giants scoreless for 3.2 innings. Now the Royals have to adjust to the next 3 games under National League rules. Jeremy Guthrie will start for the Royals, while Tim Hudson for The Giants at At&T Park Friday night with first pitch at 8:07 P.M.
Domestic Violence has been one of the hot topics in sports and with Ray Rice Greg Hardy, and Ray McDonald in the NFL, and now the Slava Voynov in the NHL. Voynov, a defenseman who plays for the defending Stanley Cup Champions LA Kings was arrested on charges Monday night, and suspended by the NHL indefinitely. The NHL should be lauded for doing this, and instead waiting on due process like the NFL they took action. With the heightened alert about this issue and being proactive instead of reactive the NHL has it right. The Voynov matter is not over and he could be innocent of the charges. However, under 18-A.5 of the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement they can suspended him for off ice behavior that can damaged the league.
United States men’s soccer is growing by leaps and bounds due to a good effort in the last World Cup in Brazil, but they might be some problems on the horizon. The National Team Head Coach, Jurgen Klinsmann made some comments on Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey leaving Europeans teams and playing in the MLS. MLS Commissioner Don Garber ripped Klinsmann for that statement, and not let Landon Donovan play on the national team in the World Cup. Klinsmann is not trying to the grow the game, but making the United States an elite soccer power. The MLS is great for pro soccer in this country, but it is not the same as playing in the Premier League. However,the long term goal is the United States winning the World Cup. If they want to do that they have to encourage its players to go to Europe and play against the best.