World Series: Bumgarner’s brilliance, updated

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Madison Bumgarner’s 2014 postseason was already outstanding, but five innings of scoreless relief in a one-run Game 7 made it legendary. Giants manager Bruce Bochy made it clear that Bumgarner would be available out of the bullpen on two days’ rest, but surely no one imagined he would pitch more than half the game. After allowing a single to the first batter he faced, the southpaw retired 14 straight Royals, then bested Sal Perez with the tying run on third for a 3-2 victory and a World Series championship. For the series, Bumgarner allowed just one run in 21 innings, and only 12 of the 74 batters he faced reached base.

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