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World Series Game 4 GameThread: Kansas City Royals at San Francisco Giants

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With a 3-2 win last night in AT&T Park the Kansas City Royals took a 2-1 lead over the San Francisco Giants in the 2014 World Series. Tonight it's Ryan Vogelsong for the Giants vs Royals' left-hander Jason Vargas in Game 4. 8:00 PM EDT.

Doug Pensinger

The Kansas City Royals' 3-2 win last night in AT&T Park gave them a 2-1 advantage over the San Francisco Giants in the 110th World Series.

Tonight the American League champs try to make it two straight over the National League's best in Game 4. Ryan Vogelsong's on the mound for the home team tonight, taking on Royals' lefty Jason Vargas.

The Royals took a 1-0 lead early last night, and went up 3-0 in the top of the sixth, but the Giants rallied to score two runs in the bottom of the inning to get within one.

Kansas City's bullpen came through with four scoreless innings after starter Jeremy Guthrie was lifted, however, and the Royals held on for the win.

Royals' skipper Ned Yost talked after the win about his bullpen's ability to protect leads in close games all season long.

"This is the way our games have gone all year," Yost said.

"I'm getting really good at protecting a one‑run lead because a lot of times that's exactly what we have to deal with. But I have the necessary tools to be able to do that. It's not me doing it. It's the guys that we put out there that are doing it. We have the type of pitchers in our bullpen that can accomplish that."

Yost and the Royals have to win just two more games to bring a World Series title to Kansas City for the first time since 1985. Can they take the next step tonight?

• Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the 2014 World Series:

Today's Lineups

KANSAS CITY ROYALS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Alcides Escobar - SS Gregor Blanco - CF
Alex Gordon - LF Joe Panik - 2B
Lorenzo Cain - RF Buster Posey - C
Eric Hosmer - 1B Hunter Pence - RF
Mike Moustakas - 3B Pablo Sandoval - 3B
Omar Infante - 2B Brandon Belt - 1B
Salvador Perez - C Juan C. Perez - LF
Jarrod Dyson - CF Brandon Crawford - SS
Jason Vargas - LHP Ryan Vogelsong - RHP

• Vogelsong vs the Royals:

Name PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP missG
Omar Infante 13 13 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 .692 .692 .692 1.385 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Willingham 4 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .250 .500 0 0 0 0 0
Nori Aoki 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Jason Vargas 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Total 21 21 10 0 0 0 0 0 2 .476 .476 .476 .952 0 0 0 0 0
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Generated 10/25/2014.

• Vargas vs the Giants:

Name PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP missG
Mike Morse 13 13 3 0 0 1 1 0 4 .231 .231 .462 .692 0 0 0 0 0
Pablo Sandoval 10 9 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 .333 .400 .333 .733 0 0 1 0 0
Joaquin Arias 7 6 4 2 0 0 2 0 0 .667 .571 1.000 1.571 0 1 0 0 1
Gregor Blanco 7 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .286 .286 .571 0 0 0 0 0
Buster Posey 7 7 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 .286 .286 .714 1.000 0 0 0 0 1
Brandon Belt 4 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .750 1.250 0 0 0 0 0
Hunter Pence 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Crawford 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Matt Duffy 2 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 0 0 0 0 0
Juan Perez 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Vogelsong 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Total 58 56 20 3 0 2 5 1 11 .357 .362 .518 .880 0 1 1 0 2
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Generated 10/25/2014.

• Game Time: 8:00 PM EDT from AT&T.