A solid bullpen and strong defense have the Royals within two victories of a World Series championship.
Kelvin Herrera, Brandon Finnegan, Wade Davis and Greg Holland combined to throw four no-hit innings of relief, as Kansas City edged the San Francisco Giants, 3-2, in Game 3 of the Fall Classic.
Run-scoring hits from Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer in the sixth inning provided the visitors with a 3-0 lead, and the Royals held on after the Giants broke through with two runs against Jeremy Guthrie in the home sixth.
Holland closed the door by retiring the side in order to give Kansas City a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
It was Holland’s seventh save of this year’s playoffs, tying a single-season mark that is shared by John Wetteland (1996), Troy Percival (2002, Angels), Robb Nen (2002, Giants), Brad Lidge (2008, Phillies) and Koji Uehara (2013, Red Sox).
Game 4 is Saturday, again at AT&T Park. Jason Vargas starts for the Royals, and Ryan Vogelsong toes the rubber for the Giants.
There was a thought that the Giants would go with Madison Bumgarner on Saturday instead of Vogelsong.
“It’s our confidence in the guy we have going tomorrow,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of staying with Vogelsong. “We’re keeping things in order because of how well all our starters have thrown.”
Guthrie (1-0) allowed four hits, while Giants starter Tim Hudson (0-1) was charged with four hits and three runs over 5 2/3 innings.
“It’s a tough one to swallow,” Hudson said. “They just did the little things to beat us.”
The Royals won Friday’s game with timely hitting, a stellar bullpen and sharp glove work. [Read more...]