World Series Game Seven: Dynasty in San Francisco

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Well it happened again the San Francisco Giants won another World Series, this time it was of the seven-game variety over the Kansas City Royals, making their first appearance since 1985.

After watching mostly bad games in games one, two, four, five and six, the Giants and Royals played a great one in game seven, but once it got into the bullpens the scoring dried up and the Giants took a 3-2 win.

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The story of the night was

Madison Bumgarner

who came in to open the fifth inning and pitched the final five innings of the game for the Giants without giving up a run. In fact, Bumgarner only gave up just two hits through those final five innings.

The Giants did everything they could in the bottom of the ninth to give the game away. After Bumgarner cruised through Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler, Alex Gordon knocked a single to center that came up in front of Gregor Blanco.

Blanco whiffed on it and it rolled to the wall where Juan Lopez had problems picking it up, putting Gordon at third base. Bumgarner laughed at the Royals rally attempt though, as he threw six straight balls at Salvador’s eye level, leading to Perez popping out to Sandoval to end the game, the series and the season.

The Giants opened the scoring in the second inning. Royals’ starter Jeremy Guthrie plunked Sandoval to lead off the inning and Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt followed with singles to load the bases.

Michael Morse and Brandon Crawford both knocked sacrifice flies to bring in Sandoval and Pence and give the Giants a 2-0 lead. The Royals answered right back in the bottom half. Billy Butler singled to lead off the inning off Tim Hudson and came around to score on an Alex Gordon double.

Gordon came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Omar Infante after taking third on a Mike Moustakas fly out.

The Giants took the lead for good in the top of the fourth. Sandoval and Pence singled to lead off the inning. After a Brandon Belt fly out moved Sandoval to third Ned Yost replaced Guthrie with Kelvin Herrera. Michael Morse singled to right to bring in Sandoval.

Herrera ended up throwing 2 2/3 innings and allowing just that inherited run (charged to Guthrie). Wade Davis followed with two scoreless, and Greg Holland threw a scoreless inning for the Giants. In total they threw 5 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball. Big three indeed.

We’ll have more thoughts on the World Series later in the week. Until then:

"It is pleasant, indeed, while the summer lastswith the mild pheasants’ song …but now I feel the northern wind’s blast—its severe weather strong.Alas! Alas! This night seems so long!And I, because of my momentous wrongnow grieve, mourn and fast."

Baseball is over.

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