SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Madison Bumgarner was fully focused with the ball on Sunday, dazzling the Kansas City Royals with his arsenal of pitches and sublime command but the 25-year-old lefty could not help but hear tributes from the roaring crowd.
As he kept mowing down the Royals on his way to a masterful, four-hit shutout in Game Five of the World Series, the home crowd of 43,000 roared ever louder and by the ninth inning, they were chanting “M-V-P, M-V-P” to show their appreciation.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The Royals were eager to get out of San Francisco and head home to Kansas City after being shut out by Madison Bumgarner, who put his name in the World Series record books in Sunday’s Game Five.
“We’re excited to get back home in front of our fans,” said Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer after the American League champions were shut out 5-0 on four hits by the Giants’ left-hander.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Madison Bumgarner’s patience paid off Sunday as the San Francisco ace dominated Kansas City in a complete-game 5-0 shutout that moved the Giants one win away from another World Series title.
The big left-hander breezed through the contest, allowing just four hits and striking out eight to give San Francisco a 3-2 edge in the best-of-seven series.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Pablo Sandoval had been sick to his stomach but the third baseman rose to the occasion on Saturday with a clutch bases-loaded single that helped the San Francisco Giants level the World Series at 2-2.
Sandoval, the World Series MVP in San Francisco’s 2012 triumph, stroked a two-out, bases-loaded single to center to snap a 4-4 tie in the sixth and send the Giants on their way to an 11-4 thumping of the Kansas City Royals.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – One day after the Royals bullpen pitched four no-hit innings to preserve a 3-2 win and seize a 2-1 World Series lead, Kansas City’s secondary relievers failed on Saturday as a 4-1 lead turned into an 11-4 slaughter.
The San Francisco Giants battered Kansas City relievers for eight runs in four innings on 10 hits and four walks to level Major League Baseball’s best-of-seven championship 2-2.
SAN FRANCISCO California (Reuters) – San Francisco overcame a three-run deficit to record a blowout 11-4 victory in Game Four of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, levelling the best-of-seven series at 2-2.
The Royals grabbed a 4-1 advantage in the third inning and looked as though they might inch closer to a storybook victory before the Giants showed the resilience that has delivered them two other World Series titles since 2010.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels and Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins were selected as American League and National League winners of the Hank Aaron Award, Major League Baseball said on Saturday.
The award, established in 1999 to honor the 25th anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s career home run record, recognizes the top offensive performer in each league and is voted on by fans and a panel of Hall of Fame players.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Giants ace Madison Bumgarner was willing, but manager Bruce Bochy decided not to rush the left-hander back to the mound on short rest and kept him on course to pitch Game Five of the World Series on Sunday.
A ‘will he or won’t he’ confusion surfaced late Friday when a report surfaced that Bumgarner had told team mates he would be starting Game Four against the Kansas City Royals.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The San Francisco Giants hope to be able to draw on their experience in the 2012 postseason as they battle to overcome a 2-1 deficit to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series.
The 3-2 loss on Friday gave the visiting Royals a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven. Teams winning Game Three in a World Series that was tied 1-1 have gone on to win two-thirds of the time.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Kansas City manager Ned Yost could barely wait to unleash his scariest weapon, the remarkable set of relievers who preserved the lead to give the Royals the upper hand in the World Series on Friday.
“Monstrous,” Royals manager Ned Yost said about his bullpen after the 3-2 victory gave Kansas City a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Major League Baseball championship.