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No ‘Bum’s’ about it, Giants win: Madison Bumgarner leads Giants past Royals in Game Seven of the World Series

November 7, 2014

This year’s Fall Classic featured the two wild card teams for the first time since 2002. The term wild is a pretty good description on how the series unfolded.

The Giants won their third World Series in five years, while the Royals’ magical run came up short just 90 feet.

The Royals were a perfect 8-0 coming into game one of the World Series where they met Madison Bumgarner. Kansas City could only muster up one run on three hits against Bumgarner as the Giants handed KC their first loss of the 2014 postseason.

Now let’s fast forward to game five. Giant’s manager Bruce Bochy elected to save his ace for game five, going against all conventional wisdom which says to use him the game before.

Either way, Bumgarner went out there and threw a complete game shutout, making Bochy look like a genius and giving the Giants a 3-2 series lead. At that point, they only needed one more.

It didn’t come in game six as the Royals finally showed their power. They scratched across seven runs in the second inning against Giants starter Jake Peavy.

At the same time, Kansas City’s Ace Yordano Ventura put on an inspired performance after the death of a close friend and Cardinals outfield Oscar Taveras.

Ventura didn’t allow a run in seven innings and his hat, which had the words “RIP OT #18” written on it, was taken to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown after the game.

Game seven arrived and everyone knew what was eventually going to happen. The Giants couldn’t keep their best player, Madison Bumgarner, on the bench for the biggest game of the year.

And in the fifth inning, we all got what we wished for. Bumgarner came out of the pen like a WWE wrestler entering the ring, and then he pitched like one too. The game was close when he came on in the fifth, the Giants lead 3-2.

Five shutout innings, two hits and four strikeouts later, Bumgarner brought home the trophy for the Giants as they won 3-2.

He only had two days’ rest, and his last game was a complete game shutout where he threw 119 pitches. For him to come out in that situation and to do what he did is simply incredible.

Bumgarner now has the lowest ERA in the World Series in the history of baseball, 0.25.

If you were able to watch game seven of the World Series, you witnessed the absolute best pitcher in postseason play in baseball history.

David Beuttel
Contributing Writer

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