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Giants vs. Royals: Game 6 Score and Twitter Reaction from 2014 World Series

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IOctober 29, 2014

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For the second time this World Series, the Kansas City Royals' bats awoke from a Madison Bumgarner-induced slumber in impressive fashion.

Revitalized by a return home to Kauffman Stadium, Ned Yost's squad scored seven runs in the second inning and cruised to a 10-0 win over the San Francisco Giants, forcing a decisive Game 7 on Wednesday night.

MLB @MLB

Game 7. Destiny awaits. http://t.co/TkhpKij1Ql #WorldSeries http://t.co/OCnWWSbiKp

As the Royals have proved all season, it doesn't take immense power to produce this kind of offensive outburst. They hit just one solo home run, in the seventh, but relentlessly bombarded San Francisco with six doubles and a total of 15 hits, joining the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks in the World Series record book by the third inning:

Cut4 @Cut4

CRAZY. #WorldSeries http://t.co/tTcHFnEJ5c

That meant rookie Yordano Ventura had the rare experience of pitching in a do-or-die game with essentially no pressure. Spotted the early seven-run advantage, the 23-year-old tossed seven scoreless innings, striking out four and allowing just three hits.

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan and Ace of MLB Stats put the excellent performance into historical perspective:

Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

Yordano Ventura is just the 12th player 23 or younger to throw at least seven shutout in a WS game. Only Madison Bumgarner did it twice.

Ryan M. Spaeder @theaceofspaeder

Most recent WS 7+ IP & 0 R GS under age 24 2014 gm 6 Ventura 2012 gm 2 Bumgarner 2010 gm 4 Bumgarner 2003 gm 6 Beckett 1985 gm 7 Saberhagen

The Royals, who entered Game 6 scoreless in their previous 15 innings, didn't take long to rediscover their form at the plate. After threatening in the first, they knocked around veteran starter Jake Peavy and Game 4 hero Yusmeiro Petit for eight hits and three doubles in the second.

Eleven players ultimately came to the plate, and seven crossed it. MLB's Twitter feed provided a glimpse of the seemingly endless onslaught of base knocks:

MLB @MLB

Once you bop, you just can’t stop. #TheNextBigThing @SamsungMobileUS https://t.co/DxQKom6qtj

Peavy's night was done after just 1.1 innings. He gave up six hits, one walk and five earned runs, putting an end to a forgettable postseason and World Series for him.

It puts the former Cy Young winner in embarrassing company, per ESPN's Buster Olney:

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Peavy's start was the shortest of any non-injured player since Mark Thurmond went one-third of an inning in Game 5 of the 1984 World Series.

Of course, the painfully ineffective outing was nothing new for Giants starters not named Madison this series. The San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman highlighted just how much Bruce Bochy has missed Matt Cain:

Henry Schulman @hankschulman

Been thinking about this for days: How different would Series look with a healthy Matt Cain? Non-Bum rotation ERA so far: 9.82. #SFGiants

The night wouldn't be complete without a home run allowed by Hunter Strickland. Mike Moustakas took the struggling reliever deep in the bottom of the seventh, pushing the Royals' lead to 10-0.

Strickland pitched seven scoreless innings in the regular season, but the rookie has absolutely crumbled in October. He has now surrendered six home runs in the postseason, including two in the World Series, leading to these shameful stats from Sports Illustrated's Joe Sheehan and Baseball Prospectus' Sam Miller:

Joe Sheehan @joe_sheehan

Hunter Strickland has allowed 40% of the home runs in the World Series.

Fortunately for the Giants, the slate is wiped clean in Game 7. Unfortunately, history hasn't been kind to teams in their position, per MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez and Sportsnet radio host Tim Micallef:

Alden Gonzalez @Alden_Gonzalez

Reminder: Since 1982, home teams that win Game 6 are 14-1 in Game 7 (LCS and WS).

Tim Micallef @tim_micallef

Game 7? No home team has lost a Game 7 in 35 years. Since the Pirates won on the road in 1979...the home team is 9-0 #Royals #Giants

The Royals will turn to Jeremy Guthrie in an attempt to continue that trend, while Bochy will hand the ball to Tim Hudson, with Bumgarner a serious early option out of the bullpen should things even slightly go awry. 

Whether it's ultimately Kansas City ending a 29-year drought or San Francisco making it three titles in five years, we are now less than 24 hours away from one of the greatest things in sports: a Game 7 to determine the champion. 

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