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Wild World Series is in the cards
By Zev Miro published 10/23/14 updated 8:03 PST

Giants pitchers world seriesKansas City --- Hold on to your seats. This MLB Fall Classic production is going on a wild ride. The Kansas City Royals were at the top of the roller coaster last night with a five-run sixth inning that evened the series 1-1, after a 7-2 shellacking of the Giants. The Royals were just paying back the favor after the Giants tortured them the previous night 7-1.

This was a complete momentum shift from gam

e 1 to game 2. This is a curious series of playoff Wildcard entries; both teams won under 90 games in the regular season. A first in MLB history for any team with under 90 wins to play in the World Series, let alone both teams.

The Royals, who haven't even sniffed the Playoffs since 1985 when George Brett led them to a world championship, are battle against a team that has two World Series victories just in this decade.

Now the Series shifts to the Bay Area as the Giants reclaimed home field advantage by snagging a game in Kansas City. The Royals entered this series undefeated in the playoffs winning their first 8 games to sweep the series. However the Giants have a slew of recent post-season experience; they have tallied off 8 straight playoff-series wins, which include their 2010 and 2012 rings.

Giants pitching has been the key so far in this 2014 Series. Madison Bumgarner's surgical game 1 and the blow up by Hunter Strickland in the 6th inning of game two, have weighed heavily on each outcome.

Tonight Strickland, who has now given up 5 homeruns in his last 5 innings, came in to replace Jean Machi who previously gave up a RBI single to Billy Butler which scored Lorenzo Cain to grant the Royals a 3-2 lead. That is when Kansas City broke it wide open with a two-run double by Salvador Perez. Which was followed up by a two-run homer by Omar Infante, which brought Perez across the plate.

"It's fast balls that I just left over the plate," Strickland admitted. "I didn't execute them (the pitches)."

This chain of events incited Strickland which ignited a stand-off with Perez as he waited to celebrate at the plate with Infante. Consequently the Royals dugout cleared to demonstrate team cohesion.

Just when you thought this was enough drama the wild ride continued. Tim Lincecum, who hasn't played in a month, got called in to relieve Jeremy Affeldt in the bottom of the 7th.

"It felt good to get out there and get my feet wet," Lincecum stated.

The former two-time Cy Young winner showed some of his old form, until he just looked old, tweaking his back and leaving the game after one and two-thirds innings.

"We're going to just treat it and see how it feels tomorrow," Lincecum acknowledged. "But right now it's a little stiff."

The Giants hope to swing the mojo back in their favor as they head home. We'll see if this Wildcard World Series continues to give us butterflies on this unpredictable ride.

"I think you take a split," Coach Bruce Bochy said to the post-game media. " We'll regroup and get ready to go when we get home."

World Series Schedule:

Game 3 Friday 10/24 San Francisco  
Game 4 Saturday 10/25 San Francisco  
Game 5 Sunday 10/26 San Francisco  
Game 6 Tuesday 10/28 Kansas City If necessary
Game 7 Wednesday 10/29 Kansas City If necessary




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