Giants Win 2014 World Series On MadBum's Back
It's been 29 years since the Royals won a World Series, and according to this, the wait is over tonight. Fox Sports certainly agrees, as the entire panel on the pre-game show emphatically picked the Royals.
So the Giants have then just where they want them, in other words. They have played the underdog role quite well over the past five years.
— Matt Nicholson (@MattyJ_N) October 30, 2014
The Giants have just had their half of the first and went down, 1-2-3. Royals coming to bat.
Will we see Madison Bumgarner? How long can 39-year-old Tim Hudson go? Will Ned Yost go to his bullpen in the second inning? Here we go.
Just 8.5 innings until the return... pic.twitter.com/bc7EpR6kq7
— Nick Karski (@Nick_Karski) October 30, 2014
Top of SECOND INNING: 0-0
The Giants draw first blood with back-to-back sacrifice flies in the second inning, and the Royals have to wonder how long they can get dinked and dunked on with Jeremy Guthrie on the mound. But he keeps the damage to just two earned runs on two hits. Will we see him in the third inning?
Lucky for Guthrie, the bats come alive for K.C., as Billy Butler singled to start the inning, and Alex Gordon’s double to right-center field is far enough out there to allow Country Breakfast to score from first base! My man was chugging and they actually had to put a sausage biscuit on home plate in order to get him to pick up speed.
Salvador Perez gets bonked right on the knee by a Tim Hudson pitch, and he goes down like a sack of doorknobs. (Who are these people walking around with sacks of doorknobs?)
Perez sticks it out, needs a LOT of help, and he limps his way to first base. It's going to be interesting seeing him behind the plate if he has anything worse than a bad bruise on that knee.
Tim Hudson leaves the game after 1 2/3 innings pitched -- which is the shortest outing for a pitcher in the World Series since 1960.
The Royals tie the ballgame up with a sacrifice fly of their own from Mike Moustakas. He made a great diving play in the first inning, and he follows it up here with a deep flyball. Gordon is able to tag up from third base to tie this game up.
Top of THIRD INNING: 2-2
Guthrie gets Posey swinging to finish the frame. A 1-2-3 inning for the righty. 2-2 in the third.
— SI MLB (@si_mlb) October 30, 2014
Bottom of THIRD INNING: 2-2
Joe Panik and Brandon Crawford turn a truly impressive double play, and Eric Hosmer is called safe initially, after a video replay of his dive into first base. The replay took quite a while to come up with the right call, but they got it -- he was out.
— SFGate Sports (@SFGateSports) October 30, 2014
Panik also ended up breaking his belt during that play, and he had to come off to get a new belt. (It's a real belt, too, not just one of those athlete belts that loops through itself. The man needs a big Texas-style belt buckle!)
Affeldt is able to get through the third inning without issue -- but the double-play proved, once again, to be a pitcher's best friend.
Top of FOURTH INNING: 2-2
The Giants jump right on Guthrie, and after back-to-back singles from Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence, Brandon Belt flies out to left to move the surprisingly swift Kung Fu Panda over to third base. That's all for Mr. Guthrie. He wasn't horrible, but it's clear the Giants are starting to get a bead on him.
Kelvin Herrera has entered the ballgame for the Royals, and it's the first time in World Series history that neither starting pitcher lasted more than 3 2/3 innings.
Mike Morse comes on and knocks Sandoval in to take the lead before Herrera takes down the next two batters.
Bottom of FOURTH INNING: Giants lead 3-2
Affeldt will come back out to start the fourth inning for the Giants.
After hitting Alex Gordon in the back and putting him on first base, Affeldt gets another gift from his middle infielders with a double-play for the second inning in a row. Affeldt takes care of Moustakas and the Giants maintain their lead.
— #Game7 (@MLB) October 30, 2014
Top of FIFTH INNING: Giants lead 3-2
Herrera returns to pitch the top of the fifth inning. It'll be interesting to see how far he goes into the middle innings, with Greg Holland tabbed for the ninth inning -- at least. He gets another 1-2-3 inning to keep the lead to just one.
Bottom of FIFTH INNING: Giants lead 3-2
Madison Bumgarner, who pitched just three days ago for Sunday's Game 5 win in San Francisco, enters the game for the Giants. He promptly gives up a base hit to Alcides Escobar and the Royals have their leadoff man on base with no outs.
Bumgarner is clearly not at the level we saw so far in the postseason, getting behind all three hitters he has faced so far.
But Nori Aoki slices a pitch to left field, with a runner at second base -- and it's caught by a perfectly placed left fielder in Juan Perez. And Bumgarner strikes out Lorenzo Cain to strand the runner at second.
Top of SIXTH INNING: Giants lead 3-2
Herrera returns for his third inning, and Sandoval greets him with his third base hit of the ballgame.
2012 World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval now batting .407 in 2014 World Series.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) October 30, 2014
But Pence immediately hits into a double-play, and Herrera is finally on the good side of one of those. What was Pence thinking? He has to look at a few pitches there, just to stretch Herrera out a little more.
The longest outing of Herrera's career is three innings, so I'd expect this to be the last out of his 2014 season. he strikes out Morse to end the fifth inning.
Bottom of SIXTH INNING: Giants lead 3-2
Bumgarner, who now owns the MLB record for innings thrown in a single postseason, takes care of the inning without much issues. And Joe Buck likes it.
— Robert Hudson (@texasbred23) October 30, 2014
Top of SEVENTH INNING: Giants lead 3-2
The Royals bring in Wade Davis to relieve Herrera, and you'll recall that Davis came over from the Rays with James Shields in exchange for Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi. He has been a beast in one of the best bullpens in baseball, and now he'll likely be asked to put a couple big innings together here.
A made-it-look-easy play by Escobar moves us into the seventh-inning stretch. Hats off, people.
Bottom of SEVENTH INNING: Giants lead 3-2
Bumgarner comes back out, with 27 pitches under his belt at this point. Before the game started, they said MadBum could probably throw 45 to 50 pitches tonight, so this should be the last time we see him in 2014.
Bumgarner added a couple strikeouts for a clean inning, and he has now thrown three scoreless innings of relief -- in just 36 pitches.
Top of EIGHTH INNING: Giants lead 3-2
Pablo Sandoval gets on base for the fourth time this evening, and he continues to prove why the Giants should have signed him to a contract extension before tomorrow arrives. With the dearth of quality third basemen out there, it's tough to imagine they'll get a better player, dollar for dollar.
Pence, meanwhile, grounds out weakly to second base to end the inning.
The Royals are down to their last six outs.
Bottom of EIGHTH INNING: Giants lead 3-2
Bumgarner comes back out for his fourth inning. He currently owns the best ERA in MLB history for a starting pitcher with at least three starts (0.26 ERA).
Greg Holland is warming up in the bullpen.
Escobar is not happy after having the first-base ump call him out on a checked swing, but he did indeed go around -- and that's another strikeout for MadBum.
Bumgarner gets through yet another clean inning -- and he's sewing up World Series MVP honors if the Giants can get just three more outs.
Top of NINTH INNING: Giants lead 3-2
Holland enters the ballgame for the Royals, and he'll be the pitcher of record if the Royals are able to pull another amazing rabbit out of their postseason hats and get a win in the bottom of the ninth inning. He made quick work of both Brandon Belt and Mike Morse.
Holland needed six pitches to get through Crawford, though.
Bottom of NINTH INNING: Giants lead 3-2
Bumgarner will come out to start the ninth inning, and possibly finish it -- along with the 2014 World Series.
— Anthony Adams (@Aadams90) October 30, 2014
With two outs, and in Royals postseason fashion, Butler is able to poke a shot to left-center field, where Gregor Blanco misplayed it and let it roll to the wall. Butler reached third base with two outs, and Salvador Perez steps to the plate. But even though he fought through the at-bat, he finishes an amazing year for Kansas City with a foul pop-up to the third base side.
The San Francisco Giants have won the World Series for the third time in five years!
GIANTS WIN GAME 7: 3-2
Congratulations to the city of San Francisco and Giants fans everywhere -- and to Madison Bumgarner, who got the win, and went 3-0 in this fantastic 2014 World Series!
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