Da Bum Does it Again

After the Giants took a 3-2 lead with a run in the fourth Bruce Bochy did not waste much time in bringing in Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner had tossed a 117 pitch shutout on Sunday, giving him three days rest as he came on in relief of Jeremy Affeldt in the fifth. He gave up a leadoff single to Omar Infante, then retired the next 14 Royal hitters. Alex Gordon hit a two out single in the bottom of the ninth and advanced to third when the ball skipped past Gregor Blanco for a two base error. Not a problem. Bumgarner retired Salvador Perez on a foul out to Sandoval to complete their third world championship in five years.

In total Bumgarner worked a post season record breaking 52 innings. That is almost an extra quarter season of pitching. He threw another 68 pitches to win the MVP of the Series. His career World Series ERA is a microscopic 0.25. The three World Series wins will go down as one of the greatest performances in post season history.

The Giants struck first off Jeremy Guthrie in the top of the second, loading the bases with no outs after a hit batsman and two singles. Two sacrifice flies gave the Giants an early 2-0 lead.

Tim Hudson, who was appearing in his first World Series gave it right back in the bottom frame. The Royals racked him up for three hits, including an RBI double by Alex Gordon and a sacrifice fly by Omar Infante to tie it up. A single by Alcides Escobar finished the day for Hudson, bringing on Jeremy Affeldt to retire Nori Aoki for the third out. Affeldt would pitch until the fifth, enticing the Royals to hit into two double plays after putting the leadoff hitter on.

In the fourth Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence went back to back with singles. A fly ball by Brandon Belt that moved Sandoval to third ended the day for Guthrie. Michael Morse greeted Kelvin Herrera with an RBI single to give the Giants a 3-2 lead. The rest is history.

Pablo Sandoval finished the day 3 for 3 with two runs scored. The three hits gave him 12 for the post season, breaking the record for hits during one post season that was shared by four players at 11.

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