KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) – The Royals and Giants spent the final scheduled off-day of the major league season flying from San Francisco to Kansas City, where they worked out Monday in preparation for Game 6 tonight.
The Giants are one victory away from their third World Series title in five years following another gem thrown by Madison Bumgarner. He tossed the first complete-game shutout in a World Series game since 2003, scattering four hits in a 5-0 win over the Royals. Bumgarner is 4-0 with a 0.29 ERA lifetime in World Series play.
Bumgarner isn’t the only Giant enjoying a memorable series. Hunter Pence leads all players with a .474 average, going 9-for-19 with one homer, five RBIs and six runs scored. He’s had a hand in 10 of the Giants’ 27 runs scored in the series. Pablo Sandoval is hitting .364 with four RBIs in 22 at-bats, and Brandon Crawford is batting .333 after going 2-for-4 with three RBIs in Sunday’s victory.
Salvador Perez and Alcides Escobar are the only Royals to hit over .263 and play all five games. Perez has a .353 average with one homer and four RBIs, while Escobar is hitting .286.
The Royals will start 23-year old rookie Yordano Ventura against Jake Peavy in a rematch of Game 2 starters. The Royals won that game 7-2.