It’s an even number year, so I guess it only makes sense that the final headline of the 2014 MLB season reads “San Francisco Giants Win World Series.”
After winning it all in 2010 and 2012, the Giants made it three championships in the past five years by going into Kansas City and becoming the first team since 1979 to win Game 7 of the World Series on the road.
So how did the Giants break the trend and become the first visiting team in the past 10 Game 7′s of the Fall Classic to escape with a victory? Good question.
San Fran opened the scoring in the second inning by cashing in two runs on sacrifice flies from Mike Morse and Brandon Crawford, but the Royals quickly answered with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. However, the Giants would regain the lead when Morse recorded his second RBI of the game to put his team up, 3-2. And shortly after, Giants manager Bruce Bochy decided it was time to bring in the soon-to-be World Series MVP, Madison Bumgarner.
Bumgarner entered the game in the bottom of the fifth with a 2-0 record and a 0.56 ERA in his previous two starts this series. And he would shut the Royals down for the remaining five innings of the game, allowing only two hits and no walks while securing the 3-2 victory and the Giants’ eighth World Series championship in franchise history.
Here’s a look at the final out of the game, and the series:
And here’s Bumgarner celebrating with Giants catcher Buster Posey following Pablo Sandoval‘s catch on the final out:
Of course, after the party on the field, there was a locker room celebration for the winning team:
And after going 3-0 with 17 strikeouts, just one walk, and a minuscule 0.43 ERA in 21 innings of work during his three World Series appearances against the Royals, Madison Bumgarner was a no-brainer for World Series MVP honors.
All in all, it was an exciting World Series Game 7 between the Giants and the Royals that appropriately wrapped up one of the most exciting postseasons in MLB history.
Now all that’s left to do is sit and wait to see how many beers Madison Bumgarner can chug as part of his celebration this time around. Stay tuned.