Friday, October 24, 2014

Game 2 - Homerun Fury

Both teams scored in the first. Gregor Blanco led off with a homerun to lead off the game for the Giants. Billy Butler singled in Lorenzo Cain in the bottom of the inning. Flame throwing Yordano Ventura then settled down for Kansas City.

Alcides Escobar doubled in Omar Infante in the second. Jake Peavy then threw three scoreless innings. In the fourth, Pablo Sandoval doubled before Brandon Belt knocked him in with a double of his own. The game stayed knotted at two a piece until the sixth inning.

The Giants had two on in the top of the inning, but Belt and Michael Morse got out. In the bottom of the sixth, all hell broke loose. Peavy left after giving up a single to Cain and a walk to Eric Hosmer. Jean Machi came in and promptly was knocked out by a Butler single that scored a run.

Javier Lopez got Alex Gordon to fly out. Then Bruce Bochy made a fateful decision. He brought in Hunter Strickland, a hard-throwing young pitcher with a killer curveball. Strickland didn't give up a run in nine regular season appearances.

Strickland threw a wild pitch allowing Hosmer and Terrance Gore, who had pinch run for Butler, to advance. Salvador Perez then doubled them both in. Next up, Infante smacked a homer. Strickland, who had just given up his fifth four-bagger of the postseason began screaming. Perez was confused, because it seemed as if Strickland was yelling at him. Strickland then yelled at Perez some more and threatened him. Strickland showed a lack of class in the face of his poor performance.

By then, the game was 7-2, which is how it ended. Kansas City tied up the series as it heads west to San Francisco for Game 3.

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