The first showdown of brilliant bullpens went to the Kansas City Royals. After Kansas City took the lead with a five-run sixth inning, the trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and All-Star closer Greg Holland shut down the hot-hitting San Francisco Giants. Kansas City cruised from there to a 7-2 victory last night, evening the World Series at a game apiece as it shifts to the Bay Area for the next three games. "It's a huge luxury for me," Royals manager Ned Yost says. "After the sixth inning, my thinking is done. I don't have to mix and match." Herrera's blistering 101mph fastballs kept the free-swinging Giants on their heels, and Davis breezed through a perfect eighth inning with his own heat.
The hard-throwing Holland worked around a single in the ninth, punctuating the victory by punching the air. "We've got a pretty good recipe for success with Herrera, Davis, and Holland," Yost says. Meanwhile, the San Francisco bullpen—which had the fifth-best ERA in the majors and had tossed 12 2-3 scoreless innings in its last four games—was lit up like the crown-shaped scoreboard in center field. The series now shifts to AT&T Park, a quirky ballpark that very few Royals have played in. Jeremy Guthrie will be on the mound for them in Game 3 on Friday night, while veteran Tim Hudson makes the first World Series start of his 16-year big-league career for San Francisco. Read more on the game, which included a shouting match. (Read more World Series stories.)