The San Francisco Giants are the champions of Major League Baseball for the third time in five years after defeating the Kansas City Royals in Game 7 by a score of 3-2.
Three days after throwing 117 pitches for a shutout in game five, Madison Bumgarner emerged from the Giants bullpen with a one run lead in the fifth inning of last night’s Game 7. He went on to pitch five scoreless innings, recorded 14 outs and left the tying run stranded on third base. The final out came on Bumgarner’s 68th pitch in relief, caught by Giants third basemen Pablo Sandoval.
Catcher Buster Posey ran to the mound and hugged Bumgarner as the rest of the San Francisco players threw their gloves into the air as they ran to join them in the middle of the diamond. “What a warrior he is, and truly incredible what he did throughout the postseason,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “I just told him I just can’t believe what he accomplished through all this. He’s such a humble guy and we rod him pretty good.”
Bumgarner was spectacular over the course of the series, winning three games for the Giants. He allowed only one run on nine hits over 21 innings pitched and only one walk to 18 strikeouts and was named the World Series Most Valuable Player.
The Royals, who made the playoffs for the first time since 1985, are the first team to lose Game 7 of the World Series since the 1979 Baltimore Orioles. It ended an unexpected run by the Royals, who came in to the World Series undefeated, winning their first eight games of the 2014 postseason.
Entering the 2014 season, the giants were a 20-1 longshot when the odds were posted a year ago. It’s their eighth title since moving from New York to San Francisco in 1957. They have also won 10 straight postseason rounds, one shy of the New York Yankees from 1998-2001.