SAN FRANCISCO — The World Series returned to AT&T Park, but the San Francisco Giants’ six-game home World Series streak ended with a 3-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals.
On Thursday, Game 3’s starting pitcher for the Giants, Tim Hudson, touched on the importance of the game.
“I saw a stat today where the winner of Game 3s usually win the World Series 70% of the time,” Hudson said the day before his start. “So I think that speaks for itself. So it’s very important.”
On the first World Series start of his 16-year career, Hudson pitched 5.2 innings as he allowed three runs on four hits. He struggled in the first few innings, giving up a run in the first inning.
“It was a great experience,” Hudson said. “Obviously, I wish we won the ballgame. We still got a lot of baseball left.”
Eventually, the right-hander settled down and retired 12 batters in a row before Alcides Escobar, who scored the first run, singled in the sixth inning.
“I thought he had great stuff and was keeping the ball down, good movement on his pitches,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Hudson after the game. “I thought he did a really nice job. He gave us what we were hoping and a chance to win, and that’s all you can ask for from your starters.”
The Giants fought back to score two runs in the sixth inning, answering the two that the Royals posted in the top half, but could not produce more to prevent the loss.
Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval was unable to reach base, ending his streak to 25-consecutive Postseason games where he safely reached base. With that streak, Sandoval set a Giants record, while owning the third-longest streak in MLB history.
Though he was able to earn an RBI, Giants catcher Buster Posey went hitless in the game and has yet to hit an extra-base hit this Postseason.
“Sandoval and Buster both are great hitters,” Bochy said of two of his big bats on the team. “When you’re facing this type of staff, you’re hoping to put a little pressure on them, and hopefully the heart of your order comes up with men on base.”
Not lost on the manager and the Giants players was the impact the Royals’ pitching staff had on the lack of production.
“With their pitching staff, their bullpen, the kind of baseball they play, it’s going to be tough and we knew that from the get-go and we knew that we can’t take it easy on these guys,” Giants’ outfielder/pinch-hitter Michael Morse said. “Once those big three come in at the end, it’s tough to score, so we’re going to try to score early tomorrow and, hopefully, score later, too.”
The Giants look to even the series on Saturday in Game 4. First pitch is schedule for 5:07 p.m.
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