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Gamethread: 2014 World Series Game 7

Tim Hudson vs. Jeremy Guthrie.

2014 World Series Game 7: 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.

Game 6 of the 2014 World Series was not close at all. The Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 10-0 to force the most exciting thing in baseball: Game 7.

The Giants have some history with elimination games, having won a few of them in recent years. They’ll have to do this one on the road, at Kauffman Stadium.

As they look for their third title in five years, the Giants turn to veteran right-hander Tim Hudson, who finished the year with a 9-13 record, a 3.57 ERA, a 3.54 FIP, and 120 strikeouts in 189.1 innings. He made the All-Star team for the fourth time in his career.

The Royals are sending out right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, who finished the year with a 13-11 record, a 4.13 ERA, a 4.32 FIP, and 124 strikeouts in 202.2 innings.

It’s a rematch of Game 3, which was a 3-2 Royals victory. In that game Hudson allowed 4 hits, 1 walk, and 3 earned runs in 5.2 innings, while striking out 2. Guthrie pitched 5 innings, and allowed 4 hits, 0 walks, and 2 earned runs, though he failed to strike anyone out.

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 7” and click the fourth link.

Here’s Ned Yost’s elimination game 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. Mike Moustakas — 3B
  9. Omar Infante — 2B
    Jeremy Guthrie — P

And Bruce Bochy’s winner-take-all 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. Brandon Crawford — SS
  9. Juan Perez — LF
    Tim Hudson — P