After losing the opener 7-1 the Royals came right back and won game number two 7-2. A five run sixth inning that included a two run homer from Omar Infante off Hunter Strickland turned the trick and emptied some benches.
It started out well for the Giants when Gregor Blanco started out the game by pulling a 98 mile per hour fastball off Yordano Ventura into the right field bullpen. The Royals responded back in the bottom half with a Lorenzo Cain double, an Eric Hosmer walk and a Billy Butler single to tie the game at 1-1. The inning could have been worse for Jacob Peavy after Alcides Escobar began the inning with a single but he was caught stealing for the second out.
In the second inning the Royals got doubles from Omar Infante and Alcides Escobar to take a 2-1 lead. The Giants responded off Ventura in the fourth with doubles by Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Belt. Belt made a baserunning error to end the inning straying too far off second on a fly ball to right.
The Royals went to their high heat bullpen in the sixth after the Giants were able to put two runners on base with just one out. Kelvin Herrera came on to retire Brandon Belt and Michael Morse to end the inning.
The Royals then erupted for five in the home half of the sixth, Lorenzo Cain starting the party with a leadoff single. Billy Butler drove in the first run with a single to break the 2-2 tie. After Machi relieved Peavy and Lopez relieved Machi to face one batter, Hunter Strickland came in to pitch. The Royals destroyed his high heat, taking advantage of a wild pitch to advance two runners in scoring position and then getting Santiago Perez to double both runners home. After the Infante homer Strickland seemed to take umbrage to the blast, screaming into his glove. Perez standing on home plate to congragulate Infante on his bash said a few choice words back. The benches emptied but no punches were thrown or ejections issued.
Like most teams before them the Giants could not score on the Royals bullpen. Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland closed out the last three plus innings, making Ned Yost look like a bullpen savant.
Jeremy Guthrie is scheduled to go against Tim Hudson for game three. Hunter Strickland has allowed five homeruns in 23 at bats. He can throw his fastball in triple digits, but hitters are able to barrell it over the fences. In the minor leagues he only allowed three homeruns in 38 plus innings. In the major league regular season he did not allow a homerun in seven innings of work. In the post season he is giving them away like a garage day special.
With the loss the Giants ended a streak of having won seven straight World Series games.