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Giants win third World Series title in five years

Giants win third World Series title in five years

Posted by Liliana Castaño on October 30, 2014

Breaking down Game 7 of the World Series from Kauffman Stadium:

Box score: Giants 3, Royals 2; Giants win series 4-3.

The final: In a game both managers turned over to their bullpens early, the Giants were able to scratch out the go-ahead run in the fourth inning and make it stand up the rest of the way.

Michael Morse drove in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning and left-handers Jeremy Affeldt and Madison Bumgarner combined for 7 1/3 scoreless innings of relief as the Giants won their third World Series title in the past five years.

Man of the moment: Bumgarner enhanced his already-stellar postseason reputation with yet another masterful performance in the World Series. Entering the game with the Giants up 3-2 in the fifth inning, Bumgarner allowed a single to the first batter he faced – Omar Infante – then retired the next 17 in a row before Alex Gordon's two-out single.

After tossing a four-hit shutout in Game 5 three days earlier in San Francisco, Bumgarner returned to the mound for three more innings in Game 7, breaking Curt Schilling's record for the most innings pitched in a single postseason – 52 1/3.

But Bumgarner's greatest accomplishment is that he's allowed just one run in 36 career World Series innings, for a microscopic 0.25 ERA.

State of the Series: Two teams that beat the odds and made the World Series after winning one-game wild-card playoffs were a testament to the old adage of how important it is to play your best in October.

The Giants were able to rely Bumgarner and their stellar bullpen to win three blowout games and the nail-biting clincher in Game 7. Meanwhile, the Royals played their version of small-ball to come within a single victory of winning their first World Series since their last playoff appearance in 1985.

 

Game 7 pivot point: The Royals didn't go to their bullpen as early as the Giants did, but Kelvin Herrera came into the game in the top of the fourth inning needing either a strikeout or a ground-ball double play to preserve a 2-2 tie.

With runners on the corners and down 0-2 in the count, Morse fought off a 99 mph fastball from Herrera and dropped it into right field to bring home Pablo Sandoval with the go-ahead run.

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