Well, Royals fans, the bad news is the streak is over. The good news is that the team is still in the World Series!
Here are a few random thoughts about Game One:
- It was Madison Bumgarner. No shame in losing to a fantastic pitcher throwing a terrific game. The dude’s got a bigger wingspan than a condor and when he comes around sort of from the side by way of Albuquerque, I don’t know anyone who could hit it.
- That being said, we hit him pretty well in the first inning with the line out by Aoki, several rips (although foul) by Cain and that smack to center by Hosmer. And, thanks to Salvy’s long ball later in the game, KC did break his record-setting streak of postseason scoreless innings.
- Aoki had an adventurous night in right. He played that crazy bounce back off the corner superbly, starting the relay to Infante that easily got Posey out at the plate. And he did what a could with that wicked spinning liner in the gap later in the game. He gave it the desperation leap that was needed since the game was already quite out of hand but just came up short. “A” for effort.
- Cain scared me to death taking that pitch for the team. It looked like it hit right on the top of his foot. There’s no meat there to absorb the blow so those babies hurt like a mo, uh, hurt like the dickens, as Mother used to say.
- Shields obviously didn’t have it but then he never seems to have it in the first inning so I wasn’t surprised or upset that Yost didn’t pull him. But Big Game didn’t seem to have his usual fire or at least the fire I would’ve expected from him in a World Series game. And I thought that when he threw from the stretch, he didn’t bend over as far as he usually does so I wonder if his kidney stones or whatever are still a lingering problem
- Moose should not have been given an error. That was a tough, tough play.
- The crowd really did their part, hanging with the Boys until the bitter end. Of course, with the money they shelled out for tickets, I’m sure they wanted to get every penny’s worth. And we all remember the Wild Card game.
- I thought Duffy did quite well being called upon to relieve when he’s a starter. His stats don’t look too good but I thought he did alright.
- Most importantly for Royals fans, it’s only one game and there are six more to play. Go Royals!