The Giants beat the Royals 3-2 to give them their third World Series title in five years. Every year this team makes the playoffs they find a way to win it all. The Giants are now tied for fourth place with the Red Sox for the most World Series titles. The only other teams in front of the Giant are the A’s, Cardinals, and Yankees.
Madison Bumgarner was on his game for the Giants tonight, pitching five scoreless innings out of the bullpen. We had been hearing that Bumgarner would pitch if the game was close. Bumgarner set a record for the most innings pitched in a single postseason and in my opinion was the greatest postseason performance that I’ve ever seen. Bumgarner is without a doubt the MVP of the postseason and the World Series. I don’t think we will ever see a performance like this again.
Tim Hudson got the start for San Francisco and pitched 1 2/3 innings, giving up three hits and two runs. San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy had no choice, but to pull Hudson early. Jeremy Affeldt took Hudson place and gave up two hits in 2 1/3 innings.
San Francisco was also saved by a great play by Joe Panik in the bottom of third. With a runner on first in no outs, Eric Hosmer hit a ground ball back up the middle, but Panik dove to his right and grabbed the ball and flipped up to Brandon Crawford who turned the double play. Hosmer was originally called safe at first, but after a review of 2 minutes and 57 seconds, it was overturned and Hosmer was out. There is no telling what would have happened if that hit would have got through with the way the Royals can score.
Mike Morse had big game driving in two runs for the Giants in the second and fourth inning. Pablo Sandoval, who I think is the best offensive postseason player right now, went 3-3 with a double.
Most of the offense came in the second inning, with Morse driving in Sandoval on a sac fly and Crawford driving in Hunter Pence on a sac fly.
Kansas City also scored two runs in that inning, with Bill Butler scoring on a double by Alex Gordon, and Gordon scored on a sac fly by Omar Infante.
Jeremy Guthrie was the losing pitcher. He pitched 3 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on four hits. Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland shut down the Giants for the rest of the game and gave the Royals a chance to win.
Here are what some people are saying on twitter.
— Alex Nott #⃣8⃣ (@AlNott1) October 30, 2014
— Ryan Torossian (@Ryan07Torossian) October 30, 2014
Madison Bumgarner & Randy Johnson are the only pitchers since 1969 with 3 wins in a single World Series. pic.twitter.com/xSsZKisJUC
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 30, 2014
“Before playoffs I said I’d take Bumgarner over Kershaw. Now you have to start thinking about all-time.” – Skip pic.twitter.com/QMDaquMBRn
— ESPN First Take (@ESPN_FirstTake) October 30, 2014
I’ve never seen guys more in awe of a teammate than these guys are of MadBum. And understandably so.
— Jim Rome (@jimrome) October 30, 2014
— World Champs (@SFGiants) October 30, 2014
Congrats to the SF Giants, winning Game 7 on the road in a crazy place against a Team of Destiny.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) October 30, 2014
I’m sorry but you can’t call boring after this postseason. What a fantastic #Game7
— Dan Firnbach (@Producer__Dan) October 30, 2014
— Skyler Sadowsky (@skuddly44) October 30, 2014
— Eric Laganis (@EricLaganis) October 30, 2014