Giants defeat Royals
4 games to 3
|Game||Date||Winning Team||Losing Team|
|1||Oct. 21||SF 7||KC 1|
|2||Oct. 22||KC 7||SF 2|
|3||Oct. 24||KC 3||SF 2|
|4||Oct. 25||SF 11||KC 4|
|5||Oct. 26||SF 5||KC 0|
|6||Oct. 28||KC 10||SF 0|
|7||Oct. 29||SF 3||KC 2|
Managers: Bruce Bochy, SF; Ned Yost, KC
MVP: Madison Bumgarner, SF: 2 W, 1 SV, 0.43 ERA, .127 BAA
Path to the World Series
ALCS: Kansas City over Baltimore (4 games to 0)NLCS: San Francisco over St. Louis (4 games to 1)ALDS: Kansas City over Los Angeles (3 games to 0); Baltimore over Detroit (3 games to 0)NLDS: San Francisco over Washington (3 games to 1); St. Louis over Los Angeles (3 games to 1)AL Wild Card: Kansas City over OaklandNL Wild Card: San Francisco over Pittsburgh
The 2014 World Series pitted a recent regular in the Giants against a generational newbie in the Royals. After winning the Fall Classic in 2010 and 2012, Bruce Bochy and the Giants were back to try to win their third title in five seasons. The Royals, meanwhile, were making their first trip to the postseason in 29 years but had stormed through the playoffs by sweeping the A's in the American League Wild Card Game, the Angels in the Division Series and the Orioles in the Championship Series.
Because the AL won the All-Star Game, Royals fans were treated to their first World Series experience in nearly three decades at home right away in Game 1. The bad news for them was that Kansas City would run into the playoff buzzsaw that was Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, who was set on improving his already-impressive World Series resume. The three runs in the first inning (including a Hunter Pence home run) were all Bumgarner would need, as he tossed seven innings of three-hit, one-run ball for the victory.
Game 2 went the other way as Jake Peavy struggled through five-plus innings while Royals rookie Yordano Ventura scattered just two runs on eight hits while bridging the gap to Kansas City's three-headed bullpen monster of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland. Four Royals players had multi-hit games as Kansas City blew it open with a five-run sixth.
Game 3 at AT&T Park in San Francisco was a much closer affair, with Kansas City striking first against Tim Hudson and both teams exchanging a pair of runs in the sixth. Once again, Herrera, Davis and Holland made Jeremy Guthrie's 3-2 lead stand up for the victory and series lead.
But it wouldn't last long, as the Giants evened the series with a Game 4 blowout win. Jason Vargas worked with an early lead, but the Royals' bullpen faltered in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings as Brandon Finnegan and Tim Collins were tagged for a combined seven runs. While Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez each had three-hit games for Kansas City, Pence's three hits and three RBIs paced the Giants.
Then Game 5 was, more than ever, the Bumgarner show. The 25-year-old lefty was dominant in shutting out the Royals on four hits as Brandon Crawford and Juan Perez combined to drive in five runs. That gave the Giants a 3-2 lead in the series heading back to Kansas City for Game 6.
The Royals weren't going to go quietly, as they hammered Peavy for five runs in 1 1/3 innings and Ventura threw seven innings of shutout ball en route to a 10-0 victory.
That set the scene for a thrilling Game 7, in which the Giants took a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning on a Michael Morse RBI single. After Hudson got the quick hook (two runs in 1 2/3 innings) and Jeremy Affeldt held things together, it was enough for Bochy to turn to his ace in the fifth inning. Coming on in relief, Bumgarner was again completely dominant, allowing just two hits while striking out four for the five-inning save. The Royals didn't go quietly, though. With two outs in the ninth, Alex Gordon lined a single to left field that Juan Perez misplayed. As the relay was coming in to Crawford, Gordon was held at third base to give Salvador Perez a chance to tie it in dramatic fashion. But the catcher popped out to Pablo Sandoval at third to end the game. Bumgarner, who finished the Series 2-0 with a 0.43 ERA in 21 innings, was named the Most Valuable Player.