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Gamethread: 2014 World Series Game 1

Madison Bumgarner vs. James Shields.

2014 World Series: Game 1 San Francisco Giants v. Kansas City Royals Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Due to the coronavirus outbreak suspending the 2020 MLB season, we’re rewatching the three San Francisco Giants postseason runs, game-by-game, on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday nights at 6 p.m. PT, with a gamethread for each.

The San Francisco Giants galloped into the World Series in dramatic fashion, booking their third appearance in five years after Travis Ishikawa hit a pennant-winning walk-off home run. And so, after a Wild Card win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, a 3-1 NLDS win over the Washington Nationals, and a 4-1 NLCS win over the St. Louis Cardinals, the Giants are ready to face off with the Kansas City Royals.

The Royals finished the year with one more win than the Giants, going 89-73. But they enter the World Series with all the momentum in the world. They beat the Oakland A’s in the Wild Card Game. They swept the 98-win Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the ALDS. And they swept the 96-win Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS.

Kansas City has home field advantage, so Game 1 is at Kauffman Stadium.

And for that Game 1, the Giants are sending out their postseason star, Madison Bumgarner. The left-hander finished the 2014 season with an 18-10 record, a 2.98 ERA, a 3.05 FIP, and 219 strikeouts in 217.1 innings. He was an All-Star and a Silver Slugger, and finished fourth in Cy Young Award voting.

The Royals are countering with James Shields. A right-hander, Shields finished the year with a 14-8 record, a 3.21 ERA, a 3.59 FIP, and 180 strikeouts in 227 innings. He finished 18th in MVP voting.

We’re starting this rewatch at the same time as all the other ones: 6 p.m. PT. The video is embedded at the bottom of the article, or you can find it at this link, or you can YouTube search “2014 World Series Game 1” and click the second link.

Here’s Ned Yost’s lineup:

  1. Alcides Escobar — SS
  2. Nori Aoki — RF
  3. Lorenzo Cain — CF
  4. Eric Hosmer — 1B
  5. Billy Butler — DH
  6. Alex Gordon — LF
  7. Salvador Perez — C
  8. Omar Infante — 2B
  9. Mike Moustakas — 3B
    James Shields — P

And Bruce Bochy’s squad:

  1. Gregor Blanco — CF
  2. Joe Panik — 2B
  3. Buster Posey — C
  4. Pablo Sandoval — 3B
  5. Hunter Pence — RF
  6. Brandon Belt — 1B
  7. Michael Morse — DH
  8. Travis Ishikawa — LF
  9. Brandon Crawford — SS
    Madison Bumgarner — P