It all came down to tonight for the Royals. Their best pitching prospect, Yordano Ventura, the flame throwing rookie phenom, was set to face the veteran Jake Peavy with the Royals season on the line. As it turned out, the rookie bested the 13 year veteran, as the Royals offense broke through in the 10-0 victory.
After a scoreless first inning, Peavy was unable to get out of the second. Back to back singles gave the Royals runners at the corners to start the inning, and Mike Moustakas doubled down the first base line to put the Royals on the board. Peavy came back by striking out Omar Infante, but that would be the last out he would record. Alcides Escobar followed with a grounder to first, and Brandon belt had no idea where to go witht he ball, allowing Escobar to reach and load the bases. Nori Aoki followed with a single to plate another run and keep the bases loaded, ending the night for Peavy as Yusmeiro Petit entered the game.
Even though Petit shut down the Royals in Game Four, he was unable to replicate that success. Lorenzo Cain singled to right center, plating two more runs. Eric Hosmer followed with a two run double, and scored on Billy Butler‘s double to give the Royals a 7-0 lead. At that point, the rout was on.
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San Francisco had their one true scoring opportunity in the top of the third. After striking out the first batter of the inning, Yordano Ventura loaded the bases with three consecutive walks, bringing up the dangerous Buster Posey. However, Ventura got out of the jam as Posey swung at the first pitch, grounding into a double play to end the threat.
From there, it was all Royals. Kansas City tacked on a run in the bottom of the third on a ground rule double by Cain that, had it not cleared the fence, would likely have plated Aoki from first. Escobar had an RBI double in the fifth, and Moustakas capped off the night with a home run off Hunter Strickland, whose name has now become synonymous with napalm, petrol and other exceedingly flammable substances.
Ventura earned the win, pitching seven shutout innings, allowing three hits and five walks while striking out four. Calm, cool and collected, Ventura put the Royals on his back and delivered, bringing them to Game Seven tomorrow night.
Every member of the Royals starting lineup had at least one hit. Lorenzo Cain led the way, going 2-3 with a double, three RBIS and a run scored in the victory.