The San Francisco Giants’ 5-0 victory in game five of the World Series was overshadowed by the sudden death of St. Louis Cardinals’ top prospect Oscar Taveras. Taveras and his girlfriend were killed in an automobile accident in the Dominican Republic. The 22 year old rookie played 80 games for the Cardinals this season and is best remembered for a game-tying pinch-hit homerun in game two of the NLCS against the Giants two weeks ago.
Following the win, San Francisco is one win away from their third World Series title in the last five years. Team ace Madison Bumgarner pitched the first World Series shutout since Josh Beckett in 2003 for the Florida Marlins.
Bumgarner struck out eight batters. The All-Star right hander has only allowed one earned run in 31 World Series innings. He currently holds the record for lowest series ERA with a 0.21 ERA.
San Francisco scored their first run in the bottom of the second inning. Hunter Pence led off the inning with a single before eventually coming around on an RBI groundout by Brandon Crawford.
Crawford drove in his second run of the night with an RBI single on a soft liner to center to score Pablo Sandoval in the bottom of the fourth.
Teams traded scoreless innings back-and-forth until the eighth inning.
The Giants erupted for three runs on four hits in the eighth. Sandoval and Pence led off the inning with singles before Juan Perez hit a two-run double. Perez came around to score on an RBI single by Crawford to make the score 5-0.
Royals’ starter James Shields had another rough postseason outing. He gave up eight hits in six innings allowing two runs to score.
Star reliever Kelvin Herrera had an uncharacteristic tough outing. He allowed two runs in an inning pitched. He walked one batter.
The Series moves back to Kansas City for game six on Tuesday. Jake Peavy will toe the rubber for the Giants while Yordano Ventura will pitch for the Royals.