“Big Game James?”
It should be “Big Game Bum.”
With the World Series tied at two games apiece, the San Francisco Giants send their October ace, Madison Bumgarner, to the mound tonight against the Kansas City Royals’ shaky starter, James Shields.
Bumgarner shut down the Royals in the Series’ opener and gave them their first postseason loss after eight victories. He pitched seven innings, giving up three hits before allowing his first run in 22 innings in three World Series starts.
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James allowed five earned runs in four innings and hasn’t lived up to his nickname in the postseason. In four playoff starts, James is 1-1 with a 7.11 ERA.
In five postseason starts, Bumgarner has pitched 382/3 innings, allowing just six earned runs (1.40 ERA) while striking out 33 and walking just six.
Today’s winner will return to Kansas City for Tuesday’s Game 6 one victory shy of winning the World Series – either the Giants’ third in five seasons or the Royals’ first in 29.
Here’s a rundown of some viewing and listening options:
▪ 5:07 p.m., Fox television (Fox40 in the Sacramento region). Coverage team: play-by-play Joe Buck; color analysis Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci; and field reporting Erin Andrews and Ken Rosenthal
Fox pregame coverage, 4:30-5 p.m.
▪ Other baseball pregame coverage: 3-5 p.m. on the MLB network; and 4-5 p.m. on ESPN2.
▪ KNBR, 680 AM. Coverage team: play-by-play Duane Kuiper, Jon Miller and Dave Flemming; color analysis Mike Krukow .
▪ ESPN 1320 AM. Coverage team: play-by-play Dan Shulman; color analysis Aaron Boone; pregame hosting Marc Kestecher.
The game can be followed on a live blog at sacbee.combeginning at 4 p.m. Coverage will come from live Tweets sent by The Bee’s coverage team, as well as reporters from The Kansas City Star and other sources.
Other updates will be in The Bee’s World Series package from The Sports Network. In addition to scores and statistics, it features photos and other updated information.
Stories, photos, galleries, videos and comment will be provided throughout the series on the Major League Baseball page at sacbee.com.
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