Salvador Perez Yelling
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13) is restrained by umpire Eric Cooper (56) away from San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Hunter Strickland (not pictured) in the sixth inning during game two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium. John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

KANSAS CITY – “When there is shouting, there is no true knowledge,” Leonardo Da Vinci once said. That clearly was the case on Wednesday night as Giants reliever, Hunter Strickland, shouted at Salvador Perez as he rounded the bases and Perez and the Royals shouted right back. The war of words sparked the Kansas City bench to pour onto the field as San Francisco left their dugout to shout right back. The moment was tense, emotions were high, Kauffman stadium became chaos, and the World Series has officially begun.

For Strickland, his shouting overshadowed the knowledge that he has given up five post season home runs in this year’s playoffs, the most by any reliever in as little as 5 1/3 innings in post season history. Strickland and the Giants had a disastrous sixth inning as the Royals scored five runs and never looked back. Billy Butler got the go-ahead single in the 6th to break the 2-2 tie. Perez followed with a double off Strickland and Omar Infante hit a home run to left to cap the inning off and the Royals never looked back winning 7-2, to tie the World Series at one game apiece.

Angry and frustrated at surrendering another home run, Strickland, screamed at Perez through his glove as he jogged towards home. Perez stopped to yell back at Strickland who immediately enticed Perez to fight. Both benches cleared before umpires were finally able to restore order.

“He started to look at me, so I asked him like, ‘hey, why you look at me?’” said Perez after the game. “So he was telling me ‘Get out of here!’ So I don’t know. You don’t have to treat me like that. Look at Omar. Omar hit a bomb. I didn’t hit a bomb. I hit a double.”

Strickland told the media that he simply let his anger get the best of him after the home run to Infante.

“I let the team down. My emotions got to me,” he told reporters.

For the better part of six innings, the game was a pitcher’s duel between Royals flamethrower, Yordano Ventura, and Giants veteran ace and former Cy Young winner, Jake Peavy. Ventura became the first rookie in Royals history to start a World Series game, and he shined brightly on the biggest stage for most of the game. Ventura got the game into the 6th inning where Royals manager, Ned Yost, was able to unleash his three-headed bullpen monster on the Giants hitters.

Kelvin Herrera relieved Ventura with runners on 1st and 2nd and one out, and immediately started throwing 100mph fastballs to escape the jam. He came back out in the 7th where he topped out at 101mph on the gun. Wade Davis pitched a perfect 8th and Royals’ closer, Greg Holland, closed down the game by striking out Gregor Blanco.

Greg Holland
Oct 22, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Greg Holland throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants in the 9th inning during game two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium. John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants got out to another hot start as Blanco led off the game with a full count home run off of Ventura. It was the first time in World Series history that a team has hit a home run in the first inning of the first two games of the World Series. Ventura settled in after that as the Giants were only able to get one more run the rest of the way. With the loss, the Giants streak of seven consecutive World Series game wins comes to an end.

The Giants escape Kansas City with a split which is more they can ask for as the Series heads back to San Francisco on Friday. Kansas City will need to win at least one of the next three games in the city by the bay in order to force the series back to Kauffman Stadium next week. Journeyman pitcher, Tim Hudson, takes the mound for the Giants in game three, making his first ever appearance in the World Series. Kansas City counters with 11-year veteran Jeremy Guthrie, who’s only post season appearance came in the game three of the ALCS against the Orioles.

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