Bumgarner dominant as Giants end Royals record streak
By Larry Fine
KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - Madison Bumgarner had his fun, while the Royals vowed to bounce back after the San Francisco Giants brought Kansas City's perfect postseason to an emphatic end with a 7-1 win in Tuesday's World Series opener.
Giants ace Bumgarner delivered a dominating seven innings of work and Hunter Pence slammed a two-run homer in the first inning that pushed the Royals into an early hole they were unable to claw out of at their Kauffman Stadium home.
"(Bumgarner) was on top of his game," Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters. "He had his fastball going but his secondary pitches were good too."
With the Royals back in the Fall Classic for the first time in 29 years, fans arrived early to tailgate and barbeque, and filled the stadium ready to party and watch their team add to an unbeaten 8-0 playoff run.
But the Giants, bidding for a third title in five years, played party poopers snapping an 11-game Royals postseason win streak that stretched back to their 1985 World Series triumph.
"It would have been nice to go 12-0," said Royals veteran Alex Gordon about sweeping through to a World Series title. "I mean that would have been pretty cool, but it's not bad to have a major league record of 8-0.
"We'll be satisfied with that and move on and start a new streak."
Game Two of the best-of-seven is on Wednesday in Kansas City. Continued...