For the third time in five years, the San Francisco Giants are World Series champions as star pitcher Madison Bumgarner came in to pitch on two days rest to shut down the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in a gut wrenching Game 7.
With their historic win, the San Francisco Giants became the first team since 1979 to win Game 7 on the road. But for fans from either team, the entire game was a nail biter, as the Giants managed to bring across two runs on sacrifice flies by Michael Morse and Brandon Crawfod in the top of the second only to have the game tied in the Royals’ half that knocked out starter Tim Hudson, who along with Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie, became the oldest pitching combo to start Game 7 of a World Series. Giants lefthander Jeremy Affeldt came in the bottom of the second inning to halt the Royals rally that could have been much similar to the previous night’s win in the 10-0 embarrassment to move on to a Game 7, winner take all game tonight.
The score remained tied until the top of the fourth, when Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who had three hits in the game, scored the go ahead run on a solid single to right field by Michael Morse. When the Royals came to bat in their half of the inning, it was the 25-year-old lefthanded pitcher Madison Bumgarner who came on to face the American League champions in front of a sellout crowd at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
Bumgarner dominated the rest of the way, allowing just two hits, while striking out four and walking none. But in the bottom of the ninth inning, Bumgarner, the Series MVP managed to get the the first two outs of the inning while pitching to the Royals’ heart of the order. Yet after Bumgarner struck out first baseman Eric Hosmer and got DH Billy Butler on a pop up, star leftfielder Alex Gordon, who didn’t have a great series, lined a single to center, only to be misplayed by Gregor Blanco and fumbled by left fielder Juan Perez, allowing Gordon to reach third base. In what may have the Kansas City Royals and their fans guessing for years to come, Gordon did not make an attempt to head home, despite being down by one run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
With a stadium crowd finally having something to cheer about after their team was completely dominated by Bumgarner, catcher Salvador Perez came in to bat as the go ahead run and the tying run at third. But as he has been throughout the 2014 World Series and the MLB Playoffs, Bumgarner hung tough against an injured Perez and induced him to pop up to Sandoval for the final out of the 2014 World Series.
Thus, the San Francisco Giants, the 10th seed in a field of 10 MLB teams, added another World Series trophy, along with their 2010 and 2012 wins. In the meantime, San Francisco, much of the Bay Area and for fans across the country, it’s time to celebrate the Giants’ win and can now safely call the team a “dynasty”.