Following last night’s loss, outfielder Michael Morse said, “we’re going to try to score early tomorrow and, hopefully, score later, too.”
In Game 4 of the World Series, the Giants did just that and won with a decisive score of 11-4 over the Kansas City Royals.
Just as they planned, the Giants struck first as they took a 1-0 lead in the opening inning of the game, but Kansas City answered loudly by putting four runs of their own in the third inning.
A defensive snafu that led to Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong to miss touching first base and getting the out seemed to have rattled him afterwards as he was not as effective as he was prior to the play. After pitching only 2.2 innings and giving up four runs on seven hits, Vogelsong was taken out of the game.
“I think if he gets out of that inning, he throws a nice game for us,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He had buzzard luck, and there’s not much you can do about it. So there’s more frustration of the fact that he’s making pitches, we couldn’t get an out for him.”
Shoddy defense early in the game and the Royals rally seemed to suck the energy out of AT&T Park, the third inning would be the last one in which the Royals would score.
“They picked me up,” Vogelsong said of how the team managed to come back to beat the Royals with a barrage of runs. “That’s what good teams do. I know it’s a cliche, but if you give up four, you better find a way to score five.”
The Giants did more than just score five. With outfielder Hunter Pence batting in three and infielders Pablo Sandoval and Joe Panik with 2 RBI apiece, San Francisco scored 10 unanswered runs leading to the victory.
“He’s the guy that’s a vocal leader on the team, and he gets guys fired up,” Panik said of Pence. “With his play, he’s all‑out and gives everything he’s got. It’s spectacular to watch. He’s fun to watch. He’s really big to this team. He’s in the middle of a lot of things offensively and defensively.”
The atmosphere continued to thrive as the Giants rallied in the sixth to regain the lead after tying up the game with two runs in the fifth. In the seventh, San Francisco tacked on four more runs for good measure and never looked back.
“You can’t deny that there is so much emotion that we’ve come this far. This is everything you’ve dreamed of,” Pence said after the game. “Obviously, winning the World Series was the other part of the goal, and that is kind of a result of being as focused as you can each moment to win each game.”
The Giants and Royals face off again on Sunday evening. First pitch is scheduled for 5:07 p.m.
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