Team-mate Johnny Cueto made light of fellow pitcher Edinson Volquez's absence as Kansas City Royals romped to a 7-1 win over the New York Mets to take a 2-0 lead in the World Series.
With Volquez back in his native Dominican Republic in the wake of his father's death, Cueto posted the first complete game in the World Series by an American League pitcher in 24 years.
Cueto gave up just two hits and dedicated the win to Volquez's father.
"Yesterday was very sad," said Cueto.
Volquez's father Daniel died of heart failure just before his son started in the Royals' victory in game one of the World Series on Wednesday.
Edinson was told of his father's death only after he had finished pitching in the match.
The Royals, who lost to the San Francisco Giants in last season's World Series, will attempt to extend their lead when the best-of-seven series resumes in New York on Friday.