Madison Bumgarner lifts Giants to World Series victory

MadisonBumgarnerBy Sam Coombs

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner had a very historic run this postseason on rout to the team’s 3rd World Series victory in 5 years. This regular season was Bumgarner’s best of his career finishing 18-10 with 209 strikeouts and helping his team reach the playoffs. He has had success at every level he has played. He tallied a Minor League record of 33-7 before coming to the majors in 2009.

This postseason, the Giants had to play in a one game playoff to even make it into the Divisional Series. The Giants faced the Pittsburgh Pirates where Bumgarner absolutely dominated from first pitch to last. He pitched a complete game 4hit shutout to lead the Giants into the Divisional Series against the Washington Nationals. The Giants ended up winning that series and making it the NLCS to play the St. Louis Cardinals in a matchup where he would prove his strengths in big moments. He made two starts getting one win and a no decision, proving to be a pitcher that is tough to hit because of his uncanny throwing motion. Bumgarner and the Giants went on to the World Series with ease winning the series against the Nationals 4-1, and squaring off against a team who came into the series on fire.

The Giants met the red hot Kansas City Royals who were yet to lose in the postseason and were looking to get their first championship since 1985 when George Brett was their key player.

Bumgarner pitched an astounding 21 innings in this series for the Giants only giving up a single earned run and finishing the series with a 0.43 ERA, while pitching into the late innings in both starts. Bumgarner’s performances made headlines fast and you could see he was in a rhythm and wasn’t going to stop. He got better as the postseason went on and that was evident in the World Series when he went into another gear on the mound.

In game 7 the Giants had Tim Hudson on the mound who only lasted 1 ⅔ innings until Giants relief came into the game. With only two days rest, Giants skipper Bruce Bochy called Bumgarner out of the bullpen in the 5th. Two days prior he had pitched over 120 pitches and fans weren’t sure if he was going to pitch to one batter, or for an inning, and for how long. Bumgarner ended up finishing out the game without allowing a run and capturing the 5 inning save for the Giants and the World Series title. You could see the focus in his face when on the mound and there was no way the Royals were going to get a run off him. Bumgarner finished the postseason 4-1, pitching a MLB postseason record 52 ⅔ innings only allowing 6 earned runs and striking out 45. This was one of the best stretches by a pitcher in MLB postseason history as Bumgarner essentially put the San Francisco Giants on his back carrying them to their 3rd title in 5 years.

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