The Giants' 3-2 loss to the Royals in Game 3 on Friday night in San Francisco played out much like the first two games of this World Series did. The team whose bullpen outperformed the other's won.
Tim Hudson, at 39 years old, waited a long time for his World Series debut, but the Royals put the pressure on early in Game 3 so the Giants' veteran right-hander had little time to take in the experience.
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.
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.
Kelvin Herrera was 16 years old the last time he stepped into a batter's box in a competitive baseball game. And yet, there he was on Friday night, called upon to bat in a one-run game in the World Series. He promptly struck out on three pitches, but not before fouling off a Sergio Romo fastball.
Even though Ryan Vogelsong has never started a game against the Royals, there is little they can throw at him in World Series Game 4 that he has not already seen.
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.
World Series pregame ceremonies typically involve famous people, celebrity anthem singers and great players from the team's past. The Giants had all of that prior to Game 3 of the World Series on Friday, but they also included a neat twist -- honoring an unassuming fan for simply being selfless and decent.
Pablo Sandoval entered Friday night's Game 3 a career .333 postseason hitter, with six home runs, 18 RBIs and 12 doubles in 34 games. He finished his night 0-for-4 with a groundout in the ninth inning, which snapped his string of reaching safely in 25 consecutive postseason games dating back to Game 4 of the 2012 NLDS.
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.
A Royals team that was under .500 as recently as July 22 is now two wins away from claiming the World Series crown. And a Giants team that has owned even-year Octobers of late faces its first World Series deficit in the Bruce Bochy era. It's going to be fascinating to see how Ryan Vogelsong and the Giants respond and whether Jason Vargas and the Royals can seize control in Game 4 tonight at AT&T Park
The Royals' remarkable fielding combines with a deep pitching staff to give them the ability to win low-scoring games. Kansas City is probably better constructed to compete in the National League and it showed with a 3-2 win over the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night.
After six postseason appearances, rookie southpaw Brandon Finnegan is beginning to look like an old pro, "like he's had five, seven years in the league," according to third baseman Mike Moustakas. But Finnegan admitted to feeling some jitters on Friday night in the Royals' 3-2 win over the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series.
Ned Yost knows that baseball games aren't won in the sixth inning. And he vows that his team will never lose one at that late-but-not-too-late point of the game, either, not if there's anything he can do about it. "My mind-set is that I'm not getting beat in the sixth inning with the bullpen I've got," Yost said on Friday after his team let the Giants back into the game in the bottom of that frame but choked off the rally and held on to win, 3-2.
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."
Ryan Vogelsong will be the Giants' starter in Game 4, manager Bruce Bochy said Friday night after San Francisco fell behind the Royals in the World Series. There had been some speculation that Bochy might opt for Game 1 winner Madison Bumgarner on short rest, but the skipper voiced his confidence in Vogelsong.
Kansas City took charge of this World Series on Friday, but the Royals were exhibiting no exaggerated claims of confidence or undue displays of bravado after their 3-2 victory over the Giants in Game 3 at AT&T Park. The Royals, though, might be in better shape than they dare to think after taking the Series lead, two games to one.