Giants win the World Series!

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

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Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner was honored as the MVP after pitching five scoreless innings of relief in Game 7.

The San Francisco Giants won the World Series!

In mid-October, the Royals won the American League Championship Series 4-0 by knocking out the Baltimore Orioles, while the San Francisco Giants took the National League Championship Series 4-1 when they eliminated the St. Louis Cardinals.

When the World Series kicked off with Game 1 on Tuesday, October 21, San Francisco delivered a resounding 7-1 victory. The Royals fired back in Game 2 the following day, dominating the Giants 7-2, and they kept the momentum going on Friday, October 24, with a 3-2 win.

Just as the Giants were reeling from defeat, they bounced back to tie the series 2-2 that weekend, by triumphing over the Royals with an impressive 11-4 shutout on Saturday and taking a 3-2 lead that Sunday with a 5-0 rout.

With their backs against the wall, the Royals gave it all they got on Tuesday, shutting down the Giants 10-0 in a stunning Game 6. That pushed the World Series into a tie-breaking Game 7 match, which the Giants won 3-2. Congratulations to San Francisco!

So, who won World Series MVP honors? None other than Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who might not be a household name like the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, but at least he didn’t Ker-plunk in the World Series! Bumgarner had also been named NLCS MVP, after breaking a 90-year-old record for postseason consecutive scoreless innings on the road with 26 2/3. As for his World Series performance, he set all-time MLB records for lowest World Series ERA (0.25) among pitchers for 25 innings pitched, and was the first Series pitcher ever to pitch a shutout with no walks and at least 8 strikeouts.

Featured image courtesy of San Francisco Giants Facebook. Image of Madison Bumgarner courtesy of SD Dirk on Flickr.