Sorry Dodgers fans, for the third time in five years, the San Francisco Giants are the kings of Major League Baseball.
Madison Bumgarner threw five scoreless innings of relief, propelling Bruce Bochy’s squad to an instant-classic, 3-2, Game 7 win over the Kansas City Royals to capture the 2014 World Series.
En route to securing his third championship ring, the 25-year-old Bumgarner finished the historic Fall Classic with two of the Giants’ four wins, one save, one earned run in 21 innings and, unsurprisingly, the MVP award:
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 30, 2014
His 0.43 ERA was the lowest in a single World Series among pitchers with at least 15 innings since Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax produced an 0.38 ERA for the 1965 Dodgers.
When the Giants won in 2010, Tim Lincecum, fresh from Cy Young Awards in 2008 and 2009, was their ace. Then Matt Cain led them in ’12 and, now, Bumgarner.
The Giants become just the second National League club ever to win three World Series in a five-year span, joining the St. Louis Cardinals (1942, 1944 and 1946). And the first team to win three in a five-year span since the Yankees of 1996 through 2000.