This was the first game this postseason that was not within two runs or fewer at the end of any full inning.
With Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence hitting and Madison Bumgarner dominating on the mound, the Giants cruised to a 7-1 win in Game 1 of the World Series. The Giants have won four straight World Series openers.
The Kansas City Royals' 11-game postseason winning streak ends, one win shy of the all-time record, shared by the 1927 to 1932 Yankees and the 1998 to 1999 Yankees.
Bumgarner among the all-time best
Bumgarner took a shutout into the seventh inning and was in control once he escaped one Royals scoring threat.
Longest scoreless inning streaks
World Series history
His World Series scoreless streak ended at 21 innings. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that it’s tied for the seventh-longest in World Series history. Whitey Ford, who turned 86 on Tuesday, holds the record at 33 straight innings.
It’s also the second-longest by a pitcher to start his career. Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson set that mark with a 28-inning streak more than 100 years ago.
Bumgarner’s road scoreless streak in postseason games also ended at a record 32⅔ innings. The Giants are 5-0 in Bumgarner’s postseason starts that were on the road.
Turning point: Pence’s home run
Hunter Pence’s home run extended the Giants' lead from 1-0 to 3-0 in the first inning.
Pence entered that at-bat 0-for-11 against James Shields, his worst current oh-fer against any pitcher.
Turning point II: Bumgarner’s escape
The Royals threatened in the third inning, putting men on second and third with nobody out, but Bumgarner got Alcides Escobar, Norichika Aoki and hot-hitting Eric Hosmer out to end that threat without a run scoring.
Those three hitters were a combined 1-for-12 in the game.
Hosmer, the cleanup hitter, was 0-for-4 and 0-for-3 against Bumgarner. Cleanup hitters are now 1-for-15 against Bumgarner this postseason.
Sandoval was 2-for-5 with 2 RBIs. He’s now 10-for-24 with six RBIs in six career World Series games (a .417 career batting average).
Sandoval’s double gave him 17 career extra-base hits in postseason. That surpassed Barry Bonds for the most in Giants history.
Sandoval extended his streak of consecutive postseason games reaching base to 24. Only three players in postseason history have a longer streak of reaching base (Miguel Cabrera 31, Chase Utley 27 and Boog Powell 25).
Game 1 has been a tone-setter of late. In the past 11 World Series, the team that won Game 1 won the series 10 times. The last team to win Game 1 and lose the series was the 2009 Philadelphia Phillies.