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Dyson Replaces Aoki In K.C. Outfield

It has been a rough World Series for Nori Aoki, who is 0-for-7 at the plate and has also struggled in right field.

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Yordano Ventura has thrown 56 fastballs out of 78 pitches in his first five innings of work. All five of his hits allowed have been off his fastballs.



The temperature may have cooled, but Yordano Ventura's fastball is hot. Through four innings, his fastball has averaged 96.5 MPH, a shade below his 2014 average of 96.8.

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Game 2 Pitch Counts

Pitch counts through 4 innings: Jake Peavy -- 49; Yordano Ventura -- 64. Giants 2, Royals 2


With just seven pitches -- four fastballs, two curves and a changeup -- Jake Peavy sets the Royals down in order in the fourth inning.


Sandoval's streak hits 25

With Pablo Sandoval's double in the fourth, he reaches base in his 25th straight postseason game, third-most all-time and the best current active streak.


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Pablo Sandoval's World Series numbers since start of 2012 Fall Classic: Hitting a cool .478 (11-for-23) with 3 HR, 5 R and 6 RBI.


Giants tie it up at 2

Norichika Aoki misplays the ball in right, but it doesn't matter as Pablo Sandoval still easily scores on Brandon Belt's double down the right-field line.


Peavy Settles In

After allowing a run in each of the first two innings, Jake Peavy retired the Royals in order in the third. He's at 42 pitches so far in Game 2.

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The Royals are hitting just .209 so far this World Series, but lead 2-1 tonight through three innings. Listen LIVE

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Hosmer dives for second out

Eric Hosmer with a dive to the right, scrambles back to his feet, and dives to tap first base with his glove a step ahead of the sprinting Gregor Blanco. Two outs in the third.


The last time K.C. had a World Series lead before tonight? October 27, 1985 -- more than a month before Alcides Escobar, who drove in Game 2's go-ahead run, was born.


The Giants' only offense so far, Gregor Blanco is due up second in the top-of-the-third. So far this series he is: 2-of-4, with HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 3 R, and a .667 OBP.

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