World Series
SF Giants 1, KC Royals 1
Game 3, 7 p.m. Friday in SF, Fox 4, 610 AM

Vahe Gregorian

With faith that moves mountains, Royals start a sixth-inning landslide

For all the other fascinating flourishes that make up this team, in the end it’s defined by one trait more than anything else: Count them out at your own silly peril. And that explains the fury and the glory of the Royals’ sixth-inning eruption, an inning that didn’t just stem the Giants’ advantage but redirected the trajectory of the series with a 7-2 clobbering.


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How base runners disrupted Jake Peavy’s rhythm

Before Game One on Tuesday, Giants pitcher Jake Peavy talked about how disruptive fast base runners can be. Pitchers want to pitch in rhythm, but a fast runner on first base prevents that; the pitcher has to vary how long he holds the ball in the set position or the base runner will time the pitcher’s delivery to home plate, get a great jump and steal second base. In Game Two Peavy proved prophetic; when the Giants starting pitcher had a runner on base he was holding the ball in the set position and using a quicker delivery home—and he wasn’t as effective.

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