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Kelvin Herrera was 16 years old the last time he stepped into a batter's box in a competitive baseball game. And yet, there he was on Friday night, called upon to bat in a one-run game in the World Series. He promptly struck out on three pitches, but not before fouling off a Sergio Romo fastball.
Even though Ryan Vogelsong has never started a game against the Royals, there is little they can throw at him in World Series Game 4 that he has not already seen.
Before some fans at AT&T Park had even finished taking their seat, Alcides Escobar hammered the first pitch of the game from Tim Hudson for a double. He scored later in the inning on a groundout to give the Royals a lead they'd never surrender in their 3-2 victory in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday.
Here is a look at a number of interesting facts and figures from Friday night's Game 3, including just how important a Game 3 victory is when a Series is previously tied 1-1 and how Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie now finds himself in the same company as -- Babe Ruth?
After six postseason appearances, rookie southpaw Brandon Finnegan is beginning to look like an old pro, "like he's had five, seven years in the league," according to third baseman Mike Moustakas. But Finnegan admitted to feeling some jitters on Friday night in the Royals' 3-2 win over the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series.
Pablo Sandoval entered Friday night's Game 3 a career .333 postseason hitter, with six home runs, 18 RBIs and 12 doubles in 34 games. He finished his night 0-for-4 with a groundout in the ninth inning, which snapped his string of reaching safely in 25 consecutive postseason games dating back to Game 4 of the 2012 NLDS.
A few hours before World Series Game 3, Michael Morse was sick -- a flu bug, he thinks -- leaving the Giants potentially without their best bench bat in a critical game. Yet by the time manager Bruce Bochy approached him in the middle innings to ask what he could contribute, Morse was feeling well enough to hit.
Jason Vargas' first meaningful outing at AT&T Park coincides with a chance to give his Royals a commanding 3-1 lead in this Fall Classic. It'll come against a Giants team he held to two runs on nine hits in five innings on Aug. 8, a lineup the 31-year-old left-hander called "really good."
Trailing Game 3 of the World Series by one run in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Giants desperately needed a baserunner. They almost got one on a Gregor Blanco bunt, but Statcast shows how a smooth play by Royals catcher Salvador Perez and a poor decision by Blanco helped Kansas City hold on for a 3-2 victory and 2-1 Series lead.
Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, sparking the Royals offense in Friday’s 3-2 victory over the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series.
Eric Hosmer went 1-for-4 and drove home the eventual game-winning run on Friday as the Royals topped the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series in San Francisco.
Joe Panik arrived in the big leagues in late July and ended the revolving door at second base in San Francisco, and he said he couldn't have had such a successful run if not for the confidence his manager and teammates have shown in him.
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins and White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko were presented with the Roberto Clemente Award, sponsored by Chevrolet, on Friday before Game 3 of the World Series at AT&T Park.