Despite having a starter really struggle through his outing, the Giants certainly know how to pick their battles successfully. In just 2.2 innings, the Giants’ starter threw 62 pitches and gave up 7 hits and all 4 of the Royals’ runs. On the flip side of the field, the Royals’ starter only went 4 innings (and 82 pitches) himself and still gave up 6 hits and 3 runs to the Giants. You know, something I’ve noticed lately is that pitchers aren’t getting nearly as many strikeouts as I’m used to seeing, especially from the starters. I mean, each pitcher has their specialty; on the Yankees, for example, pitchers like Tanaka and Sabathia are “strikeout pitchers”, while former pitcher Pettitte and currently Kuroda are seen more as “ground out pitchers”. But it’s still weird (to me, at least) to see such low numbers in the strikeout category, especially after all the raving about how “great” these pitchers are supposed to be.
Anyway, it was quite a game in San Francisco. The Giants struck first in the bottom of the 1st — a batter walks, stole 2nd on a wild pitch, stole 3rd for kicks and giggles, and then scored on a ground out (trying to get the double play). The Royals took advantage of the struggling starter in his weak 3rd inning to answer the Giants’ jump to lead the game — an RBI single, a 2-RBI single, and another RBI single. It would push the Royals up and over the Giants 4-1. But an RBI single in the 3rd pushed the Yankees back into contention.
In the 5th, the lead-off batter doubled, setting himself up to score on the RBI single 2 batters later, while a sacrifice fly scored a run that tied up the game 4-4. In the 6th, the floodgates flew wide open. Two singles were advanced on a ground out, but stalled on an infield ground out. An intentional walk loaded the bases. The second out became a fielder’s choice and the out was nabbed at home trying to add to the Giants score. A single scored 2 runs, officially bringing the winning runs to the place. Another single added yet another run.
But a 7-4 lead wasn’t really enough yet. I mean, it’s the postseason so do what you must to discourage your opponent from scoring any more runs. In the 7th, they added 4 more runs through a bunt single (and throwing error), 2-RBI double, and an RBI double. So the Giants spent the last few innings defending their 7-run lead, once again, rather successfully.
World Series Game 5: Giants over Royals 11-4, Series tied 2-2
“This Day in Yankee History” travels way back in time to 1939. On this day 75 years ago, Joe DiMaggio was chosen as the AL MVP, his first of three (1939, 1941, and 1947). To win the MVP award this year, the Yankee Clipper played in just 130 games, scored 108 runs, notched 176 hits and 30 home runs, and maintaining an outstanding batting average of .381 (his all-time career record). Joltin’ Joe was still early in his illustrious career, but playing in New York and being ridiculously amazing, already garnered the young outfielder much unwanted attention. (Check out my blogpost on DiMaggio for more information.)