Royals postseason win streak halted in World Series Game One loss to Giants

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Madison Bumgarner took a two-hit shutout into the seventh inning, Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer off James Shields in a three-run first and the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1 in Tuesday night's World Series opener.

In a matchup of streaking teams, the Giants won their seventh Series game in a row dating to 2010 and ended a perfect postseason for the Royals, who had been 8-0. San Francisco also ended the Royals' 11-game postseason winning streak dating to their 1985 title, one shy of the record set by the Yankees on two occasions.

Royals manager Ned Yost said in his postgame news conference that his team wasn't expecting to sweep through the World Series.

“We knew that this series was going to be a battle, too. We didn’t expect to come in here and sweep the San Francisco Giants,” Yost said. “We knew that this was a series that was going to go deep, we know how tough they are.”

Bumgarner extended his Series scoreless streak to 21 innings before Salvador Perez's seventh-inning homer, which also ended Bumgarner's record streak of 32 2-3 scoreless postseason road innings. Bumgarner only had to work out of a real jam once, which happened in the third inning after Omar Infante reached on an error and Mike Moustakas hit a double, putting men on second and third with no outs. Bumgarner struck out Alcides Escobar and Norichika Aoki before getting Eric Hosmer to bounce to second, ending the threat.

“We had an opportunity in the third and I was really impressed with the way he fed off our aggressiveness and just worked up the ladder to get out of that jam. He was nails tonight,” Yost said.

Shields allowed five runs and seven hits and needed 70 pitches to get nine outs. Yost maintained that Shields would start game 5 if the series gets that far, and Shields said recently passing a kidney stone didn't impact his performance.

"No, nothing at all, I feel pretty good physically and just made some bad pitches in key situations where I needed to step and make some pitches," Shields said.

The Game 1 winner has captured 15 of the last 17 titles. In 1985 the Royals dropped both games 1 and 2 at home to the St. Louis Cardinals before winning four of the last five games to win the I-70 series.

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Royals go quietly in the ninth with a ground out and a couple of strike outs and lose 7-1. After a small rally in the third inning, Royals hitters only managed two hits, one a Salvador Perez home run, in innings 4-9. 

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Royals headed to bat in the bottom of the ninth for the first since the Wild Card game against the Oakland A’s. Need 6 to extend the game, 7 to win. 

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The Royals bullpen has received high praise, as it should, but the Giants have a stout pen as well. So far in the postseason, San Francisco relievers have pitched 35 1/3 innings, with opponents batting a meager .164 against them. There Walks/Hits per innings pitched (WHIP) is also strong at 0.88.

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Giants waste a Crawford single in the eighth and we head to the bottom of the frame with the Giants still ahead 7-1. Royals need six to tie and only have six outs to work with. 

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Bumgarner’s scoreless streak in the World Series comes to an end with Salvador Perez hitting a ball to the bullpen in left. Royals trail 7-1 headed into the eighth inning. 

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Billy Butler with another loud out that Blanco tracks down in center field. Royals have some hard hit balls that just haven’t found the ground tonight.   

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Well, there’s that…

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Sandoval sneaks a sinking line drive past a diving Escobar and the Royals bad night gets a little worse, they now trail 7-0. 

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Posey hits a screaming line drive right as Hosmer, who makes the catch and holds Panik at third. 

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Leadoff walk to Blanco bites Duffy after Panik loops one to right-center, evading Aoki’s cut-off attempt and goes all the way to the wall. Giants now lead 6-0 with Blanco coming around the score. Duffy exiting the game for Tim Collins, he’ll inherit Panik who stands on third.  

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Bumgarner nearly snags another line drive up the middle, ends up knocking down Hosmer’s would-be single and the Royals are done in the sixth. Bumgarner has retired 10 Royals in a row, Giants take a 5-0 lead to the seventh inning. 

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Of Bumgarner’s 88 pitches so far, Lorenzo Cain has seen 22. Shortstop Brandon Crawford made a nice place on the bounce to get Cain at first on a chopper up the middle. 

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Duffy doing a great job to eat up some innings and save the bullpen, he retires the Giants in order again in the sixth. So far he’s pitched 3 innings, which may come up big when the series moves to San Francisco. National League rules may dictate different bullpen strategy due to pitchers taking up a lineup spot instead of a designated hitter.  

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Michael Morse nearly hits a home run down the left field line that barely hooked foul, and Duffy comes back to strike him out. 

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Royals only see 9 pitches and go in order quietly in the bottom of the fifth.

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Infante pops up the first pitch of the bottom of the fifth for an out. The Royals really need to lay off the first pitch from Bumgarner. In the postseason hitters are only batting .190 against his first pitches. 

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Duffy retired five straight since a pair of walks in the fourth, but the Royals bats are gonna have to emerge quickly if they want any chance of winning game 1. Going into the bottom of the 5th the Royals still trail 5-0. 

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Bumgarner sets the heart of the Royals order down in efficient fashion, striking out two for a 1-2-3 inning.   

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Duffy comes back by striking out Panik and gets Posey to pop out to Aoki. Giants take a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth, Butler-Gordon-Perez due up. 

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Back-to-back walks by Duffy force in another run and the Giants now lead 5-0. 

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Duffy walks Crawford, bases are loaded. Giants have .267 in 15 at bats with the bases loaded in the postseason thus far, but have scored 14 runs in this scenario. 

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Royals’ infield drawn in after Perez sacrifices and moves the runners to second and third. 

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Duffy enters the game having only appeared once so far in the postseason, when he threw an inning against the Angels in the AL Division Series. He got the win, surrendering one hit and striking out one. 

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Giants get to Shields again, DH Morse hits an RBI single to center and San Francisco is up 4-0 with men on first and second. Danny Duffy headed in to replace Shields. 

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Home Alone character or not, Pence has been a menace so far, now standing on third after doubling and advancing on a ball in the dirt. 

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Now looking for which Giant is Joe Pesci’s character Harry. 

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Bumgarner’s World Series scoreless innings streak marches on to 18 as the Royals fail to bring a runner home after getting two in scoring position with no outs. Needing at least a sacrifice fly, Escobar and Aoki struck out, and Hosmer couldn’t come up with a two-out hit, bouncing out to second base.  

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Bases loaded for Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain is the tying run on first base, have to imagine Royals will be aggressive if Hosmer gets an extra base hit. 

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Cain works another full count, was hit by a pitch his last time at the plate. 

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Looks like Aoki did go around. 

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Aoki fails to bring a runner home, called out a check-swing third strike. 

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Bumgarner kept Escobar off balance and gets him to chase a high pitch for strike three, Royals still have men on second and third with one away. Aoki up to bat.  

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Before that double by Moustakas, he was only hitting .091 with runners on base in the postseason. 

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Fans getting back into at Kauffman after Omar Infante reaches on a Crawford error. Moustakas up with a man on first. 

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That ball off Sandoval’s bat seemed to hang in the air forever, allowing Cain to track it down and the Giants are done in the third. Shields has now retired 7 Giants in a row.   

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Perez breaks his bat and squibs a grounder to Bumgarner, who turns into two and ends the Royals half of the second inning. Giants still lead 3-0

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In the regular season matchup, Butler took Bumgarner deep to left, and in the second inning gets the Royals first World Series hit with a single to center. 

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After a hard hit ball by Brandon Crawford was snagged by Aoki in right field, Shields got Blanco to hit a lazy pop up that Cain and the Giants go down 1-2-3 in the second. 

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Shields is laboring, part of the problem is falling behind hitters, six of the eight sent to the plate so far have seen a ball to start the at-bat.  

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Bumgarner was hard to hit in the NLCS and has been hard to hit in his previous World Series appearances. He won his 2012 start, only allowing two hits in seven innings against the Tigers. In 2010 he also notched a win, only allowing three hits in eight innings against the Texas Rangers. He didn’t allow a run in either appearance.     

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Hosmer laces a line drive to center field that gets tracked down by Blanco, and the Royals are done in the first inning trailing 3-0. 

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Cain works a full-count after falling behind 0-2 and gets hit on the ankle by a Bumgarner pitch, giving the Royals their first baserunner. 

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The Giants last appeared in the World Series in 2012, and were led by first inning standouts Sandoval and Pence. Sandoval hit .500 with 3 home runs and 4 RBI, Pence hit .286 and scored 3 runs in that series win against the Detroit Tigers.  

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Shields strikes out designated hitter Michael Morse to end the top of the first, but the damage is done with the Giants leading 3-0. They send N.L. Championship Series MVP Madison Bumgarner to the mound. 

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James Shields’ nightmare of a first inning drags on with a single by Brandon Belt. Big Game James has already tossed 27 pitches and allowed 5 hits. 

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Hunter Pence sends a rocket over the right-center field fence and the Giants extend the lead to 3-0, still in the first inning. 

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Solid fundamental baseball by the Royals, who now trail 1-0 on an RBI double by Sandoval. KC kept it 1-0 by executing a perfect cutoff play to throw out Posey at the plate.  

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Posey slashes a single to left, but Blanco holds up rounding third, leaving men on the corners with one out for Pablo Sandoval. 

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Blanco attracted a lot of attention on first base, and was opportunistic by tagging up and moving to second on a flyout by Panik. Blanco in scoring position for catcher Buster Posey. 

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Lorenzo Cain looked like he wanted to be the first highlight in the World Series reel, but holds up and limits Gregor Blanco to a single on a looper to center field.

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