Back on their home turf and surrounded by dedicated, cheering fans, the Kansas City Royals looked like sure winners on Tuesday night. They ran up a score of 10-Zip before the final out.
The major cause of their victory, however, was a dismal pitching performance by SF Giant Jake Peavy, the worst of his career (or so say the pundits). He did terrible in Game 2 as well, for the same reason: walking batters, loading the bases, then allowing singles and doubles to bring in the runs.
Why Manager Bruce Bochy started Peavy is odd, considering the Game 2 fiasco. In Game 6, Peavy was pulled after 2 innings. His replacements were not much better, allowing hits (but fewer walks), and the infield made some dubious defensive plays that allowed runners to reach base. So Peavy was not the only problem, the entire Giants roster was lackluster.
The Royals started a young pitcher from the Dominican Republic who throws 98 MPH fastballs, and his pitching frustrated Giants batters. The long and short of it is that the Giants crashed and burned, all to the staccato of Royals bats, who began to sound like a Japanese drum troupe as they laid down a barrage of singles, doubles and one home run.
An announcer stated that of the last World Series ten teams who were 3-2 but lost the 6th game, eight were defeated and only two survived the 7th game. So it appears statistically probable that the Royals will win their second World Series ever this evening. They last won in 1985.
I am hoping that the Giants will rally to win Game 7, but if I were a betting man, my money would be on the Royals. Prove me wrong, Giants, puh-leeze.