Madison Bumgarner keeps one-upping himself as the Giants progress in the postseason. After his team defeated the Cardinals to make the World Series last night, the San Francisco pitcher poured six beers on his face while another person made a cocktail by adding champagne into the mix. If the Giants win the World Series, Bumgarner might need to do a full on keg-stand.
It will be the San Francisco Giants versus the Kansas City Royals in the 2014 World Series, in a showdown of the two teams to advance from the Wild Card game. San Francisco did it, again, in improbable fashion. This time by getting home runs, something they had not done the entire post season.
Travis Ishikawa, who had only two home runs in the regular season in limited action, but has been playing left field for most of the playoffs, provided the final piece to a postseason surge that has involved contributions from just about everyone.
At the rate the Giants and Royals are going, you should expect just about anything–as long as it involves late inning drama.
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Yes, that headline is accurate. The Kansas City Royals are going to their first World Series since 1985 after beating Baltimore 2-1 on Wednesday to sweep the ALCS. Even more amazing? The Royals are a perfect 8-0 in the 2014 playoffs after facing elimination at the hands of Oakland numerous times in the Wild Card game. Eight straight wins to start a postseason is a baseball record.
Kansas City wasn’t the longest shot — oddmakers slotted them around 33-to-1 to win the Series before the season began — but given the franchise’s futility over the last 29 years it feels much more improbable and all the sweeter for the team’s fans.
Greg Holland induced a routine groundout to third off the bat of J.J. Hardy for the final out. Holland saved all four games of the ALCS. The Royals bullpen was beyond impressive during the series, perhaps only trumped by the team’s defensive play in the outfield thanks to players like Lorenzo Cain.
Go Crazy Kansas City!
The San Francisco Giants took a 2-1 lead in the NLCS vs. the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday thanks to small-ball powered 5-4 walk-off win in 10 innings. Cardinals reliever Randy Choate walked Brandon Crawford to start the bottom of the 10th. Juan Perez followed with a single. Gregor Blanco squared up to sacrifice bunt, however Choate threw the ball into right field allowing Crawford to score.
Former Journey frontman Steve Perry, who is apparently a big Giants fan attended the game at AT&T Park Tuesday and lip synced the band’s famed power ballad, Don’t Stop Believin’ during the eighth inning.
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The Kansas City Royals waited nearly three decades to return to the postseason. Now that they’re here, they want to stick around for a while.
Alex Gordon hit a bases-clearing double in the first inning, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas each homered and the wild-card Royals finished off a sweep of the mighty Los Angeles Angels with an emphatic 8-3 victory Sunday night in the AL Division Series.
The picture above sums up the last week for the Kansas City Royals.
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The Detroit Tigers’ second bullpen implosion in as many days has the Baltimore Orioles one win away from the American League Championship Series.
The Orioles scored four runs to comeback from a 6-3 deficit in the bottom of the 8th inning to take Game 2 of the ALDS beating Detroit 7-6. The biggest hit came from Delmon Young who hit a standup double with the bases loaded that drove in three runs and included an incredible slide home from JJ Hardy.
The big question coming into Game 2 was whether Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was making a mistake by starting Justin Verlander over David Price, especially with the Orioles winning Game 1 and having a chance to head to Detroit with a 2-0 series advantage.
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