SAN FRANCISCO —With their ace leading the charge, the San Francisco Giants took the World Series lead three games to two following their 5-0 win over the Kansas City Royals.
Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner was brilliant as he tossed a complete game, only allowing four hits as he struck out eight batters. In the history of the World Series, Bumgarner is the only pitcher to throw a shutout without a walk and at least eight strikeouts.
“This guy was right on tonight. He was strong all night,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Bumgarner. “When this guy is on, it’s fun to watch. He was hitting spots, had great stuff. I just felt like that’s his game. This five‑run lead, sure, I thought about maybe taking him out, but he was throwing too good.”
The day before his start, Bumgarner stated that one of the keys to success is to not worry about things not in their control. He talked about being prepared “mentally and physically prepared to play fundamentally sound baseball” and with his performance in Game 5, the lefty showed the outcome of his preparation with his dominance over the Royals hitters for nine innings.
“I really felt like I did most of the postseason,” Bumgarner said as he reflected on his Game 5 outing. “I’ve been feeling pretty good and been able to work both sides of the plate. That is the key is being able to throw strikes on both sides and getting ahead of guys, moving the ball around, staying out of the hitter’s counts and that’s it.”
San Francisco’s offense continued to manufacture runs without heavy dependence on power at the plate. The team managed to get 12 hits against Royals pitchers, with only one of them for extra bases—a pinch-hit two-run double by outfielder Juan Perez.
Outfielder Hunter Pence continued to stay hot at the plate as he went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. He is batting .474 with two doubles, a home run, and five RBI in this series. Along with Pence, third baseman Pablo Sandoval has also remained a constant contributor as he also went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
The series heads back to Kansas City for the remainder of the series. The Giants leave San Francisco with the win and the upper hand entering Tuesday’s Game 6.
“I’m just happy we won. That was a big game for us being tied it up 2‑2,” Bumgarner said. “Going back into Kansas City with two games, it’s a whole lot better that we have to win one now instead of having to win two. That was a big game for us.”
Game 6 is on Tuesday at 5:07 p.m. with Jake Peavy taking the mound for the Giants and Yordano Ventura slated to start for the Royals.
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