So, what happened Wednesday? The Royals won a game that they pretty much had to for a split at their home field the advantage of which they have lost. How so? The Series is even and the majority of the remaining games will be played at the Giants’ are home field where the inherent superiority of the Senior League rules will be on display.
Have a big bat who can’t move at all any more because they’re old and fat? Sorry, accept the defensive penalty of putting them in the field where they haven’t been for so long they can hardly recognize a Baseball let alone catch one, or park ’em on the bench where they can show the rookies how to wear a rally cap or simply be too cool to indulge in such silly team building exercises.
Oh, and your aging armed pitcher who hasn’t seen one all year? Too bad there isn’t a mercy rule where you just accept the out and shorten up the game.
Bitter about the DH? Moi? Non, non, non.
In the top of the 1st Leadoff Solo Shot. Giants 1 – 0.
In the bottom of the 1st Leadoff Single, Pop Out, Caught Stealing, Double, Walk, RBI Single. Tied at 1.
In the bottom of the 2nd Double, RBI Double. Royals 2 – 1.
In the top of the 4th Leadoff Double, RBI Double, Out Advancing. Tied at 2.
In the bottom of the 6th Leadoff Single, Walk, RBI Single, Wild Pitch, Runners at 2nd and 3rd, 2 RBI Double, 2 RBI Home Run, Pitching Change, Single, Double Play. Royals 7 – 2.
Game Over Dude.
Starting tonight for the Giants is Tim Hudson (R, 9 – 13, ERA 3.57). He’s made 2 appearances but no decisions Post Season and an ERA of 3.29 based on 13.2 Innings Pitched with 14 Hits, 1 Home Run, and 5 Runs Scored.
He will be matched for the Royals by Jeremy Guthrie (R, 13 – 11, ERA 4.13). Post Season he has made 1 appearance with an ERA of 1.80 based on 5 Innings Pitched with 3 hits, and 1 Run Scored.
So on paper Guthrie has the edge though he’s not been really tested. The thing is, even if the Giants lose tonight (unless they do so embarrassingly which was not the case Wednesday), they still have home field advantage until the Royals take 2 because they’ll only have to win 1 game of 2 away.
Funny how a leadoff victory shakes things up.
8 pm Fox.