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World Series 2014: Royals Crush Giants and Force Game 7
By SP_COP on October 29, 2014 | From
World Series 2014: Royals Crush Giants and Force Game 7 Game 7. It is among the most alluring events in all of sports, a grand stage where reputations are made and history is carved from a clash between two teams seeking their sportís ultimate prize.

It is the dream of perhaps every baseball, basketball and hockey player to play well and win a Game 7, producing a memory that will be cherished for a lifetime. It is the goal of every league to put its sport on display in one compelling night, and it is the hope of fans to withstand the nerve-racking pressure and see their favorite team raise a trophy.

It will happen again on Wednesday because this World Series will go to Game 7. The Kansas City Royals saw to that when they routed the San Francisco Giants, 10-0, on Tuesday night in the largest margin of victory in a World Series shutout since 1985, when the Royals beat the Cardinals, 11-0 ó in Game 7.

The 36th decisive Game 7 in the history of the World Series will take place Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium, with Jeremy Guthrie of the Royals scheduled to start against Tim Hudson of the Giants. The Giants will also have their ace, Madison Bumgarner, who has two wins in this Series, including a shutout on Sunday, available to pitch out of the bullpen.

Still, the odds are not on the Giantsí side, for history favors the home team in Game 7. Beginning with the 1982 World Series in St. Louis, home teams are 9-0 in the Game 7s. The last road team to win a Game 7 was the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates, who beat the Orioles at the old Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.

Back then, Kent Tekulve was a wiry, spectacled submarining pitcher who was the last visiting pitcher to throw the final pitch of a World Series Game 7 win. He also threw the ceremonial first pitch when the Giants beat the Pirates in the National League wild-card game in Pittsburgh at the beginning of this postseason.

In 1985 the Royals were facing elimination in Game 6, but scored twice in the ninth inning to win, 2-1, and then took Game 7 in a blowout. In Game 6 of the 2011 Series, the Texas Rangers were within inches of catching the final out for a victory, but Nelson Cruz couldnít make the play and the Cardinals won that game and cruised to a win in Game 7.

On Tuesday the Giants tried to take some comfort from the fact that they didnít suffer a close loss after being on the verge of victory, and the wide margin of defeat allowed them to rest their best relievers in preparation for Game 7....
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