October 29th, 2014 at 10:33 PM
By Doug Rush
Heading into Wednesday night's Game 7 World Series matchup between the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants, it was either going to be the team of destiny or the team of dynasty walking away with baseball's richest prize.
And for the third time in five years, the Giants were the last team standing as they defeated the Royals 3-2 in Game 7 to win the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium.
Both starters in the game- Tim Hudson and Jeremy Guthrie- didn't get out of the fourth inning. Hudson was lifted out of the second inning after he allowed the Royals to tie the game.
The Giants took the lead when Mike Morse hit a broken bat RBI single to right field in the top of the fourth inning that put the Giants ahead 3-2.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Bruce Bochy decided he was through messing around and put in Game 1 and Game 5 starter Madison Bumgarner; who threw a complete game shutout against the Royals in Game 5 three nights previous that put San Francisco ahead 3-2 in the series. This time, the 25-year-old simply did not disappoint.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 27th, 2014 at 12:27 PM
By Michael Almonte
San Francisco Giants' starter Madison Bumagrner has cemented his place among the great pitchers in October with his incredible performances during the 2014 postseason. He added one more masterpiece on Sunday night by throwing his second complete game shutout of this postseason in Game 5 of the World Series to help the Giants defeat the Kansas City Royals 5-0.
Including the postseason, the Giants lefty made his 39th start of the season on Sunday night and recorded the first complete game shutout in a World Series since Josh Beckett of the Florida Marlins tossed one back in Game 6 of the 2003 Fall Classic. The last Giants pitcher to throw a complete game in the World Series was Bill Pierce during Game 6 of the 1962 World Series.
Bumgarner has produced six complete games and four shutouts this season if you include the postseason. He is 4-1 with a 1.13 ERA in six postseason starts, allowing 26 hits, seven runs, six earned runs, 41 strikeouts, and six walks in 47.2 innings. He is holding the opposition to a .156 batting average. Bumgarner's World Series stats are even more impressive, showcasing a 4-0 record and the lowest ERA in World Series history with a 0.29 mark. The lefty has yielded 12 hits, one run, 27 strikeouts, and one walk in 31 innings. He is holding the opposition to a .120 batting average.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 23rd, 2014 at 9:34 AM
By Michael Almonte
The San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals split the first two games of the World Series after the Royals evened the series Wednesday night with a 7-2 win. The loss snapped the Giants' seven-game World Series winning streak. The next three games will be played at AT&T Park beginning Friday night.
Gregor Blanco started the game with the first Giants first leadoff home run in World Series history and third ever in the postseason. Angel Pagan has the other two leadoff homers, both in 2012. It was the 19th leadoff home run in World Series history and the first since Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox did so back in Game 1 of the 2007 World Series.
Blanco is just the third National League player to record a leadoff home run in the Fall Classic, joining Lou Brock of the 1968 St. Louis Cardinals, Pete Rose of the 1972 Cincinnati Reds, and Lenny Dykstra of the 1986 New York Mets. The Giants became the first team in World Series history to homer in the first inning of both Game 1 and 2.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 22nd, 2014 at 12:04 PM
By Michael Almonte
The San Francisco Giants won the World Series opener 7-1 on Wednesday Night behind a fantastic outing from Madison Bumgarner. The Giants have now won seven straight World Series games and have outscored their World Series opponents 26-11 in Game 1's dating back to 2010.
Bumgarner earned his sixth career playoff win on the night, breaking a tie with Christy Mathewson and teammate Tim Lincecum for the franchise mark. The Giants lefty is now 3-0 in the Fall Classic with a 0.41 ERA in 22 innings and has a 0.68 ERA on the road in the playoffs in 39.2 innings. Bumgarner has a 5-0 postseason record on the road as a starter, showcasing a 0.72 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 37.2 innings.
The Giants' ace did, however, allow a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh to snap his postseason scoreless streak on the road at 32.2 innings. The homer also snapped his scoreless World Series streak at 21 innings. Mathewson owns the World Series scoreless innings streak with 28 from 1905-1911. Bumgarner is 61-3 in his career including the playoffs when the Giants score three runs or more for him.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 21st, 2014 at 3:32 PM
By Michael Almonte
The 110th edition of the World Series will feature just the second all Wild Card matchup as the San Francisco Giants take on the Kansas City Royals. 2002 was the last World Series to feature two Wild Card teams as the Anaheim Angels defeated the Giants in seven-games. The 2014 Fall Classic will be the first series in which both teams had fewer than 90 wins.
The Giants are making their 20th World Series appearance and sixth in the SF era, while Kansas City is making their third trip to the Fall Classic. The Royals are looking to win their second World Series and first since 1985, while the Giants are looking to capture a third title in the last five seasons.
The Royals enter the Fall Classic on a hot streak, wining all eight playoff games, which is an MLB postseason record. The Giants are 8-2 this postseason and 15-2 in their last 17 playoff games. Both clubs enter the series with streaks on the line. Going back to 1985, the Royals have won 11 straight playoff games, which is the third longest streak in postseason history.Read more... Join the Conversation...