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Giants Win The World Series in Seven Games

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This was a series for the ages. The team of destiny, the Royals, against the potential dynasty of the Giants.

Game 1 was all about Madison Bumgarner. He pitched a brilliant seven innings, only giving up 3 hits and 1 run, and the 3 run first inning for the Giants was all he needed. The Giants took Game 1, 7-1. Game 2 was about pitching for the first five innings. Yordano Ventura and Jake Peavy each only gave up 2 runs up to that point, then Royals offense exploded. The Royals scored 5 runs in the 6th inning, and that gave the Royals Game 2, tying the series 1-1 going to San Fransisco. Game 3 was about the Royals bullpen. The Royals had a 3-0 lead, then Jeremy Guthrie and Kelvin Herrera gave up 2 runs, and the Royals held on to a 3-2 lead going in to the seventh inning. The Royals bullpen shut down the Giants and the Royals won Game 3, and took a 2-1 lead in the series. Game 4 was about the Giants offense. With the Giants down 4-1 and facing a 3-1 series deficit, the offense showed up. The Giants scored one in the 3rd inning, 2 in the 5th, 3 in the 6th, and 4 in the 7th inning and they won the game to tie the series up at 2 going into a pivotal Game 5. In Game 5, Madison Bumgarner came though for the Giants again. He was nearly unhittable, giving up just 4 hits and no runs, and he threw his second shutout of the postseason. The Giants took Game 5 5-0 to take a 3-2 series lead, putting the Royals’ backs against the wall. Game 6, the Royals showed why they could not be counted out. The offense had a seven run second inning, and they never looked back. Yordano Ventura threw seven innings of no run baseball, and the Royals took Game 6 10-0, setting up the series deciding Game 7.

The Giants had a tough choice to make entering game 7: to put Madison Bumgarner in to start on short rest, or to go with veteran Tim Hudson. They eventually went with Hudson, and put Bumgarner in the bullpen for the game. In the second innings, both starters gave up 2 runs, and the Giants pulled Hudson after 1.2 innings, bringing in reliever Jeremy Affeldt. Jeremy Guthrie gave up another run in the top of the 4th, and the Giants held on to a tight 3-2 lead going in to the 5th. Then the Giants bought in their ace again, Madison Bumgarner, though he was on short rest. He was brilliant for the Giants, holding the lead into the ninth inning. With two outs in the 9th inning, Alex Gordon came to the plate for the Royals. In a tough at bat, Gordon singled in to center field, but center fielder Gregor Blanco misread the ball, and it rolled all the way to the wall, getting Gordon to third base as the tying run with two outs and Salvador Perez coming to the plate. Then, with the World Series on the line, Bumgarner got Salvador Perez popped out to Pablo Sandoval in foul territory, and Giants won there third World Series in the past five years, cementing their legacy as a dynasty. Madison Bumgarner was named the World Series MVP for his three brilliant performances in games 1, 5, and 7, culminating one of the most dominant postseason performances ever.