Every other year, the song remains the same. In 2010, the Giants win. In 2012, the Giants win. And now, in 2014, the Giants win again. The San Francisco Giants are the champions of baseball once again for the third time in five years. The Giants bested the Kansas City Royals 3-2, a tight game in a tight series that went all the way down to the wire. Cumulatively, the Giants beat the Royals 4-3, and it took the most dramatic moment in all of sports, a deciding seventh game in the World Series, to do it.
Despite KC’s traditional ineptitude, this year the team came to play, and they challenged the Giants at every turn. However, it was a Herculean effort by one pitcher, Madison Bumgarner, that kept the Giants on the championship path. Bumgarner pitched an incredible 52.2 innings in the post season, breaking Curt Schilling’s 2001 mark by 4.1 innings, and finished with 270 innings on the season. In Game 5, Bumgarner threw 117 pitches, then came back three days later in Game 7 to throw another 68 pitches. He retired 15 of the 17 batters he faced, and more importantly, he lowered his record low career Series ERA to 0.25
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