In the 3rd or 4th inning, with a KC runner on first and nobody out, Eric Hosmer poked a hard-hit grounder up the middle, looking like it would go through to center field. Out of nowhere Panik (the Giant’s second-baseman) dove and just managed to catch the ball in the tip of his glove. Somehow he managed to flip the ball, back-handed, to his shortstop Brandon Crawford who was at second base, getting the runner out there! Crawford then fired the ball to first base. But, the runner was called safe on a very close play. The Giants elected to challenge that call, and after a very long delay while officials in NYC studied all the videos, the call was over-turned and the runner at first was called out! So the Royals, who could have had runners on first and third with NO OUTS, ended up with NO RUNNERS on base and two out!
Had Panik not caught that grounder, there was a high likelihood of the Royals scoring at least one run and maybe more, giving them a lead. Their great bullpen would have then soon entered the game with either a lead or a tie. Over the last 5 innings of the game BOTH bullpens (not just MadBum) put nothing but zeroes on the scoreboard!
That is how close the 7th game really was folks!
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Excellent analysis. However, What was not mentioned was the fact that Joe Panic, the Giants Second Baseman, was a rookie who joined the team after the All Star break. He is high impact player with a fantastic future.