Juan Perez heard an upsetting rumor from a baseball official in the dugout during Game 5 of the World Series then hurried up the steps to the San Francisco Giants' clubhouse to listen to the television broadcast for the news. ''I just overheard behind my back, 'Oscar Taveras has had a car accident. He has died,''' Perez said, getting choked up as he recalled the memory still fresh in his head. The left fielder entered as a pinch runner in the sixth inning and broke the game open with a two-run double off the top of the center-field wall in the eighth, helping the Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 on Sunday night to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, a 22-year-old slugger who was regarded as one of the majors' top prospects, died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. Taveras was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro at the time of the crash on a highway between the beaches of Sosua and Cabarete in Puerto Plata, about 215 miles north of the capital of Santo Domingo, said Col. Diego Pesqueira of the Metropolitan Transportation Agency. National police spokesman Jacobo Mateo Moquete said he was told by the mayor of Sosua that Taveras lost control of his vehicle and went off the road. Edilia Arvelo, 18, who was in the car with Taveras, also died in the accident, said Pesqueira.
Pablo Sandoval debuted a leaping, celebratory twirl that came on spontaneously after another dazzling night of defense. Sandoval, MVP of the World Series two Octobers ago, crisply made all the tough plays and emphatically celebrated each triumph in a 5-0 win Sunday night against the Kansas City Royals that gave the Giants a 3-2 World Series lead. ''I just try to celebrate everything out there after a win.'' Sandoval wasn't the only one to show off some snazzy glove work to back Madison Bumgarner. On a team defined by star pitchers and a hard-nosed, unflappable bullpen, San Francisco's steady, slick defense has done so much to get this group on the cusp of another championship.
With every pitch, Madison Bumgarner etched his place among the World Series greats. The long, tall lefty kept slinging away and put the San Francisco Giants just one win from yet another championship, throwing a four-hitter to beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 Sunday night for a 3-2 Series edge. Hardly menacing on the mound, Bumgarner was simply untouchable - again. As ''MVP! MVP!'' chants broke out from each packed corner of AT&T Park, Bumgarner finished off the first World Series shutout in 11 years.
James Shields became ''Tough Luck James'' in Game 5 of the World Series. Shields bounced back from a shaky start in the Series opener with his best outing of the postseason only to be done in by Madison Bumgarner's brilliance and a few soft hits in Kansas City's 5-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday night. ''Unfortunately, we ran into a really good pitcher today.'' Shields allowed two runs in six innings to take his second loss of the Series and send the Royals back home trailing 3-2. To get a repeat of that comeback, the Royals will need to be better than they were the final two games in San Francisco, when they got outscored 15-0 after taking an early 4-1 lead in Game 4 that had them on the verge of taking control of the Series.
Robin Williams' smiling face, in a variety of his most well-loved characters, adorned the big screen at AT&T in a stirring tribute to the late award-winning actor. Zak Williams, the oldest son of the beloved Academy Award winner and comedian, lofted an emotional ceremonial first pitch to Billy Crystal to start Game 5 of the World Series between Williams' San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals on Sunday night.
Yusmeiro Petit bounced off the mound pumping his fists and shouting ''Let's go!'' The right-hander from Venezuela certainly has found his swagger this October as a lights-out long man who delivers in the clutch game after game, inning after inning. He did it again Saturday night for the San Francisco Giants, pitching three scoreless innings of relief against the Kansas City Royals in an 11-4 victory that tied the World Series at two games apiece. Petit came oh-so-close to throwing a perfect game in 2013 - now he's a perfect 3-0 this postseason. He entered in the fourth inning of Game 4 with the Giants trailing 4-2 and held Kansas City in check while his teammates rallied.