Now the upstart, unbridled, uninhibited Royals are back in business. They've surged back into the nation's consciousness, evening the World Series at one game each as the stage moves to San Francisco.
The Kansas City club landed a sixth-inning haymaker on the Giants and surged to a 7-2 victory in Game 2 of the 110th Fall Classic on Wednesday night with a blue-hued crowd of 40,446 roaring at Kauffman Stadium.
Although – admittedly and somewhat memorably, I guess – many of last night’s highlights will go down as a bit of a blur as I rushed around, keeping up my parental duties while trying to keep at least one eye on the game.
Wednesday nights are church nights for the girls. I usually use the time to stay a bit later at my office and then pick up the girls while Kates stays at the church for her choir practice. Tonight, I did the pickup routine around 7 – as Game 2 was getting underway.
I brought the girls home. Managed to get them settled with some snacks while I caught the bottom of the first inning. Gave Faye a bath with the game going on my phone. Tried to watch the game while I rocked Faye to sleep.
With Faye seemingly asleep, I settled in on the living room couch for the rest of the game.
Kelvin Herrera relieved Yordano Ventura in the sixth inning.
Amazing when the guy throwing 101 is your #WorldSeries sixth inning option.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) October 23, 2014
Kelvin Herrera comes out throwing GAS. He hits 100 on the radar gun multiple times, breaks 2 bats and retires 2 in a row to escape jam.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 23, 2014
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Giants starting pitcher, Jake Peavy, was yanked. Jean Machi came on in relief. Billy Butler cranked his second RBI-single of the night.
Lorenzo Cain scored the go-ahead run. And my Twitter lit up.
Bill Butler. Hero. 3-2, KC.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) October 23, 2014
Country Breakfast another RBI #BeRoyalKC #TakeTheCrown
— Geoff Conn (@geoffconn) October 23, 2014
Billy F'N Butler! #Royals
— Bill Knust (@billknust) October 23, 2014
Terrance Gore is in. #Vrooooom
— Sam Mellinger (@mellinger) October 23, 2014
By that time, though, Faye had woken up and was having one of her classic meltdowns, refusing to go back to sleep. Kates brought her down to the living room, and as we struggled to calm her Salvador Perez hit a two-run double. Then Omar Infante hit a two-run shot to give the Royals a huge 7-2 lead. Oh, and there was a little spat at home plate.
We've got us a series, boys and girls. #TakeTheCrown
— Jason Lawrence (@JLawrence23) October 23, 2014
Well, #Giants fans, you know what they say about payback. #Royals #TakeTheCrown #WorldSeries
— Ryan Silvey (@RyanSilvey) October 23, 2014
4 Giants pitchers have faced 6 Royals hitters. The result, 5 runs. And now the benches clear
— Joel Goldberg (@goldbergkc) October 23, 2014
So, I think we have the answer to the question being asked all day: How will the Royals react to actually losing a postseason game?
— Tom (@Haudricourt) October 23, 2014
The bullpen came in to shut the door.
When this Royals bullpen cuts onions, the onions cry.
— Joe Posnanski (@JPosnanski) October 23, 2014
When this Royals bullpen stares into space, space blinks.
— Joe Posnanski (@JPosnanski) October 23, 2014
Two other random thoughts …
First, I’m already tired of the Fox commentators for the World Series. Joe Buck (A St. Louis native … Just sayin’.) and his Fox buddies were on the NLCS broadcast with the Giants, and it shows through their San Francisco-skewed commentary. I want the TBS crew back.
Second, the Giants’ Michael Morse literally looks like a giant whenever he steps to the plate.
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