Madison Bumgarner saves the Giants – ESPN

Updated: October 30, 2014, 5:36 AM ET

Jayson Stark

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The bullpen gate opened in the bottom of the fifth inning, and here he came.

It was Madison K. Bumgarner, on his way to the office, to a lonely pitcher’s mound in someone else’s stadium. To a place where he could do those amazing things that he does.

Where he could save a game. Save a season. Save the San Francisco Giants. Rewrite the October history books. And, when his day’s work was done, lug his team to the summit of a mountain that few groups of men have ever scaled.

It was Game 7 of the World Series. But really, it had turned into Madison Bumgarner‘s game. And Madison Bumgarner’s October. And, especially, Madison Bumgarner’s World Series.

“How it ended today pretty much summed up the Giants in the World Series,” said his friend and teammate Jeremy Affeldt. “That guy carried us. He flat-out carried us.”

How it ended Wednesday night was how the Giants’ championship season had to end. With October’s most dominant figure dominating one more time. This time as an emergency reliever, doing what no one had ever done in any World Series ever, in an epic 3-2 win over a Royals team that was able to triumph this October over everyone but him.

The Giants would have been happy to get a couple of innings out of Bumgarner in this game. He gave them five. Five? Seriously? Five innings? Of two-hit shutout relief? On two days’ rest? In Game 7 of the World Series?

Right. Five. That isn’t just how legends are made. That is how major motion pictures are made.

“I don’t think I really have words to describe it,” Affeldt said, as incredulous …read more

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