Although it was the first time in almost 30 years that the Royals reached the championship, there would be no Cinderella ending to the 2014 World Series. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Game 7 crushing their high hopes of ending their championship drought and taking home their third championship in five seasons.
Despite being named top dog in the MLB once again, the Giants journey to the World Series was not an easy one. After getting off to a hot start, the Giants saw themselves lose ground in the NL West standings around the midway point of the season. Their cross-state rival Los Angeles Dodgers team quickly emerged as the immediate favorite to win the division and possibly the pennant with a loaded pitching staff highlighted by Cy Young candidate Clayton Kershaw.
As the season progressed and the Dodgers continued as favorites for the title, the San Francisco Giants did what they do best; win when it matters most. San Francisco won 14 games in the month of September to secure one of the two NL Wild Card spots. The Giants handed the Pittsburgh Pirates an 8-0 beating in the Wild Card play-in game to earn a best-of-five match-up against the Washington Nationals. Winning against the Nationals would not be nearly as easy as beating the Pirates, considering all three of the Giants’ NLDS victories were only by one run. Sealing a series win over Washington, San Francisco advanced to yet another National League Championship Series against the consistently dominant St. Louis Cardinals. During what seemed like it would be a tight series surprisingly ended in only five games, capped off by a Game Five Travis Ishikawa walk-off home run.
Next up for the Giants was a World Series match-up against the Kansas City Royals, a team that had not seen the championship, let alone the postseason, since 1985. After six hard fought games that saw both blowout victories and crushing defeats, San Francisco and Kansas City would require seven games to determine a champion. Starting pitcher Tim Hudson was pulled from the game before completing two innings on the mound, causing the Giants bullpen to have to carry the weight of the team if they wanted to be crowned champions. Luckily for San Francisco, they had a man on their pitching staff by the name of Madison Bumgarner who was ready to win his team a World Series off of only two days rest. The Giants ace was spectacular in Game Seven, pitching five flawless innings of two hit baseball. Bumgarner got Kansas City pitcher Salvador Perez to pop up with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, sealing the 2014 World Series in the name of the San Francisco Giants.
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