Bumgarner rides to the rescue for World Series win
By Larry Fine
KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - The San Francisco Giants rode workhorse left-hander Madison Bumgarner all the way to their third World Series crown in five years with a Game Seven victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.
Ace starter Bumgarner worked his magic as a reliever this time, coming out of the bullpen to throw five shutout innings and earn the save in a 3-2 win that clinched the best-of-seven Fall Classic.
It was the eighth World Series title for the Giants and third in five seasons after victories in 2010 and 2012.
Michael Morse drove in a pair of runs and Bumgarner, named Most Valuable Player of the World Series, dazzled the Royals once again despite returning to the mound on two days rest after throwing a 117-pitch shutout against them on Sunday.
"I was just thinking about getting outs until I couldn't get them anymore," said the 25-year-old. "Fortunately I was able to get some quick innings and I was able to stay in there."
San Francisco's starting pitcher, Tim Hudson, said there was no way Bumgarner was leaving until he got the job done.
"You couldn't have pried the ball out of his hands," said Hudson.
A raucous Kauffman Stadium and history were on the Royals' side ahead of the game, as home teams had won the last nine World Series that went to a Game Seven, including the 1985 Royals. Continued...