A wild throw by reliever Randy Choate on a Gregor Blanco’s bunt allowed Brandon Crawford torun home, securing the winning run in the bottom of the 10th, giving the San Francisco Giantsa 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday for a 2-1 lead in the NL Championship Series.”We don’t do anything easy,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “We might have got a little lucky there with Perez when he couldn’t get a bunt down and he gets a base hit. But Blanco laid down a beauty. … I don’t know if that’s luck as much as great bunt, great speed to put pressure on them.” Crawford walked, then Juan Perez singled, bringing Crawford to third. Blanco’s first bunt attempt went foul the second went right to pitcher Randy Choate whose wild sidearm throw flew over Kolten Wong’s head, giving the Giants not only the win but also the lead in the best-of-seven series.
After spending nearly three decades as the laughingstock of the league, the Kansas City Royals advanced to the World Series on Wednesday after SWEEPING the Orioles. The Royals, who haven’t lost a game yet this postseason were golden. “It’s hard to explain,” said Cain, whose clutch hits and dramatic catches earned him the series MVP award. “We’re clicking at the right moment right now.” I don’t think anybody can argue with that. The Royals have won 11 straight in the postseason, one short of the MLB record. The Royals will face either the Giants or the Cardinals in the Series. The funny thing is, the only time Kansas City won the Series, it was over St. Louis. “It’s been an amazing run,” Royals outfielder Alex Gordon said. “It’s nothing better than when you win. Today, same old story: good pitching, good defense and scratch out a win.” The Royals played solid, good pitching, good defense just not enough offense.