10/25 22:33 CDT Giants rally, lead Royals 7-4 after 6 in Game 4
Giants rally, lead Royals 7-4 after 6 in Game 4
AP Baseball Writer
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) --- Hunter Pence, Pablo Sandoval and the San Francisco
Giants charged back at a pulsating AT&T Park, taking a 7-4 lead over the Kansas
City Royals through six innings Saturday in Game 4 of the World Series.
Trailing 2-1 in the Series and in danger of dropping into a huge hole, the
Giants and their fans rallied.
All the early frustration that prompted manager Bruce Bochy to throw his hat in
the dugout turned into positive energy during a two-run comeback in the fifth
that made it 4-all.
Then in the sixth, Sandoval hit a two-run single and Brandon Belt followed with
an RBI single as the Giants roughed up postseason darling Brandon Finnegan to
Only a diving catch by speedy Jarrod Dyson that tore up a divot in the
center-field grass prevented the Giants from getting more. San Francisco also
came out on the winning end of the first World Series replay challenge in the
expanded era, when Royals manager Ned Yost asked for another look at a pickoff
play at second base.
The real star might've been Giants reliever Yusmeiro Petit. He pitched in with
three scoreless innings after Ryan Vogelsong got chased in a four-run third
that turned on a botched grounder. Petit also got a hit, not bad for a career
Game 5 is Sunday, with postseason ace Madison Bumgarner starting for the Giants
against struggling James Shields. It's a rematch from the opener, when San
Francisco rolled 7-1.
Down 4-2, the Giants came back in the fifth. Yost let struggling starter Jason
Vargas begin the inning, and rookie Joe Panik led off with a line-drive double.
Jason Frasor was summoned and retired Buster Posey on a grounder. Pence
followed with an RBI single up the middle that caused Frasor to throw up his
hands in frustration.
Danny Duffy relieved, and a single by Sandoval and a walk to Belt loaded the
bases for Juan Perez, whose sacrifice fly made it 4-all.
Pence's RBI grounder gave the Giants a 1-0 lead in the first. Posey had a
single in the third for his 21st career postseason RBI, tying Barry Bonds' team
The Royals trailed 1-0 when they put runners at the corners with two outs in
Eric Hosmer hit a slow tapper to the right side. Belt ranged far off first base
to field it, and quickly looked to see if he could get a forceout at second.
With no play there, Belt whirled around and tried to toss to Vogelsong. But the
pitcher didn't get to the bag cleanly, messed up his footwork and had no chance
to prevent Hosmer from reaching with a tying single.
Bochy slammed his cap to the dugout floor, seeing an opportunity to end the
inning get away.
Giants fans started to grow uneasy when Mike Moustakas walked to load the
bases, and there was good reason for concern. Omar Infante followed with a
hard, two-run single up the middle and began clapping on his way to first. The
hit made him 10 for 15 lifetime against Vargas, and put the Royals ahead 3-1.
After Salvador Perez blooped an RBI single, Bochy had seen enough. He went to
the mound to pull Vogelsong, and Belt dropped his head during the pitching
Jean Machi walked Dyson, bringing up Vargas.
Earlier in the inning, Vargas hit the Royals' best ball to that point. In his
first at-bat since June 2012, the career .262 hitter fouled off a pair of
full-count pitches before sending a long flyout to center. A couple of Royals
applauded in the dugout for Vargas' solid effort.
This time, with the bases loaded, Vargas ran the count to 2-2. He took another
ball, tossed his bat aside and began to jog to first. After several steps, he
realized that it was only ball three, froze in a playful stance and returned to
Leadoff man Alcides Escobar laughed as he handed the bat back to Vargas, who
looked at strike three in making his second out of the inning.
Vargas became the first AL pitcher to bat twice in one inning in a World Series
game since Luis Tiant for the Boston Red Sox in 1975. Giants pitcher Tim
Lincecum did it during the 2010 Series.