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10/29/14

Bumgarner Preserves Game 7 As Giants Take Series With 3-2 Victory Over Royals

Move over Eric Clapton--Madison Bumgarner is God.

The Giants win their 3rd World Series in five years as Madison Bumgarner comes out of the bullpen to pitch five shutout innings and preserve the 3-2 win in one of the greatest nailbiters in Game 7 history.

The Giants becomes just the first team since 1979 to win Game 7 on the road, joining the Pittsburgh Pirates for that distinction.

Bumgarner came on in relief in the fifth inning--on only two days rest--allowed an immediate single, then didn't allow another base runner until the electric ninth inning.

With two outs in the ninth inning, and Royals fans on their feet cheering, exhorting their team to tie the game, Alex Gordon nearly made their dreams come true. He singled to left-center field and as Gregor Blanco charged the fly ball, he allowed the ball to scoot past him and rolled all the way to the wall. Gordon stopped at third base, but it appeared he could have scored.

The MadBum got the next hitter Salvador Perez to pop out to Pablo Sandoval in foul territory to secure the win, the Giants 12th in this unbelievable wild card run through the postseason.

For his Herculean accomplishment, Bumgarner won the Most Valuable Player award.

Jeremy Affeldt relieved Tim Hudson in the second inning--the earliest he had come out of the pen since joining the Giants relief staff--and earned the victory with 2.1 innings of one-hit ball.

In his third World Series appearance this season, Bumgarner lowered his career earned run average to 0.25, best ever for a pitcher with 25+ innings in the Fall Classic.

After the game catcher Buster Posey told FOX reporter Erin Andrews: "I just can't say enough about how hard it is to do what (Bumgarner) did, pitch five innings on two days rest. It's incredible," Posey marvelled about his star pitcher.

The Giants became just the sixth Wild Card team to win the World Series, and just the first road team to lose Game 6 and win Game 7 since the Cincinnati Reds took the 1975 Fall Classic from Boston.

For Bruce Bochy, this World Series title matches the record he now shares with New York Giants manager who also won three world championship titles.


10/28/14

Game Six:
Royals Force Game 7 With 10-0 Blowout At Home

Kansas City exploded for seven runs in the second inning, while starting pitcher Yordano Ventura threw seven shutout innings to lead Kansas City to a 10-0 win, forcing a Game 7 tomorrow night at the 2014 World Series.

Ventura dominated the Giants lineup, allowing just three hits in his second strong start in the 2014 World Series. The young right-hander threw 100 pitches on the night, two-thirds of which were clocked at 95 mph or faster.

Giants starter Jake Peavy who owned a 7.05 postseason ERA coming into the game, didn't get out of the second inning, as the Royals ripped his offerings like it was batting practice.

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Catcher Andrew Susac replaced Buster Posey in tonight's Game Six of the World Series.

The lone highlight on this night for Sacramento fans was the appearance of Andrew Susac (Jesuit/Oregon State), who took over for Buster Posey at catcher in the 7th inning. The Roseville Rifle quietly rode the bench all series. In the 8th inning, Susac flew out to center field in his lone at bat.

If this one had been a college game, they would have ended it after 7 innings due to the Mercy Rule. The way the Giants swung the bats tonight, they might just as well have ended it there, too. The Bay Boys garnered six hits total. In the Giants previous two games--both wins--they scored 16 runs on 28 hits.

Scheduled starters for tomorrow night's Game Seven are San Franciso's 39-year-old Tim Hudson and Jeremy Guthrie for the Royals.

History doesn't favor the Giants.

The last time San Francisco found itself in Game Six was the 2002 Fall Classic. The Giants were up 3 games to 2 and lost 6-5 to the Angels, which roared back to claim Game 7 in Anaheim.

The last time the Series went to Game 6 was in 2011 when St. Louis trailed Texas 3 games to 2. In that game, the Cardinals were down to their last strike on two occasions before winning an extra-inning thriller. St. Louis won Game Seven and claimed their ninth World Series flag.

In 1985, the Royals found themselves down 3 games to 1 and won the last two games at home to claim their first and only world championship.

The home team has won nine straight Game 7s in the World Series. The last team to win Game 7 on the road was the 1979 Pirates in Baltimore.

And of course there's the infamous Game 7 in the 1962 World Series, played at Candlestick Park, in which the New York Yankees quelled a ninth-inning rally to defeat the Giants 1-0.


10/26/14

Bumgarner Wins Game 5 with 5-0 Shutout Over Royals
Southpaw Posts Best ERA Ever in World Series History

Madison Bumgarner pitched the Giants to the brink of another world series title with a four-hit shutout tonight at AT&T Park, as San Francisco took Game Five 5-0 over Kansas City.

In the process, Bumgarner is now 4-0 in the World Series with a 0.29 ERA, best ever for a pitcher with a minimum of three starts and 25 innings.

The batting heroes tonight for San Francisco were Brandon Crawford with three runs batted in and replacement outfielder Juan Perez, whose eighth inning double off the centerfield fence knocked in two runs, padding the Giants lead to 4-0. Crawford followed with a sacrifice fly to knock in Perez to make it 5-0.

Bumgarner is now 4-1 in the 2014 postseason. With tonight's complete-game shutout he tied with Tom Glavine for the lead with five pitched games of seven innings or more while allowing no runs.

Bumgarner has allowed just one earned run.in 31 innings over four World Series' games,

He is just the second pitcher in post-season history to throw two shutouts (the other being Christy Mathewson in 1905, whose wins were both in the World Series). Bumgarner shut out the Cardinals in the NLCS.

The Series shifts to Kansas City on Tuesday, where the Giants can clinch their third world championship in five years with a win over the Royals.

If Kansas City wins the next game, Bumgarner said he'd be ready to pitch Game Seven on short rest. "I'm ready to go. Tired's not an excuse," said the 25-year-old Hickory, North Carolina native.


10/16/14

Ishikawa's Ninth Inning 3-Run Walk0ff Home Run Propels Giants to 2014 World Series

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Travis Ishikawa is mobbed by celebratory teammates as he rounds third base after hitting the game-winning 3-run homer off Michael Wacha in the 9th Inning to give the Giants a 6-3 Win Over the Cardinals at AT&T Park tonight.

San Francisco will visit Kansas City on Tuesday night
for the start of the 2014 World Series. It will be the Giants third trip to the Fall Classic in the past five seasons.

This marks just the second time the World Series will feature Wild Card teams from both leagues. The last time that occurred was 2002 when the Giants lost to the Anaheim Angels in seven games.

by Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle

The 2014 Giants fell out of first place with a tremendous early-summer thud. They fell out of the top wild-card spot with a tepid late summer. They kept tumbling until it was time to rise, dust themselves off and become the last National League club standing.

Mobbing was more like it, after the Giants captured their third pennant in five seasons in the most thrilling way possible Thursday night.

After Michael Morse so improbably tied Game 5 of the National League Championship Series with an eighth-inning homer off Pat Neshek, Travis Ishikawa hit a three-run homer off Michael Wacha with one out in the ninth for a 6-3 win that sent AT&T Park into a state of delirium, and the Giants to the World Series.

The Giants won their seventh pennant in San Francisco and 21st in franchise history with, of all things, the long ball.

To read the rest of Schulman's Chronicle story, go here.


Tim Church, a Sacramento native, said this about Ishikawa in a Facebook post this evening:

What a great story Travis Ishikawa is!!! Another beautiful example of redemption. He gets released by the Pittsburgh Pirates in April, the Giants eventually re-sign him (he was with them in 2010 when they won the WS!), he spends most of the season in Fresno where the Giants Triple A team WAS (it now will be in Sacramento, starting in 2015!) and then the G's bring him up late in the year, and NOW he gets them to the World Series again with a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth. So happy for Travis Ishikawa! What a moment! What a beautiful moment for a guy like that!

 


 

10/13/14

Scouts Swap Stories

Enjoyed a visit today with Ron King, former dean of scouts, as he entertained two current area scouts, Don Lyle (Indians) and Gary Wilson (Rockies).

During the conversation, King reminded us on how he missed out on signing Lyle, a 18-year-old college freshman who played on Cosumnes River College, that year’s Valley Conference champion under Jerry Conway. We’ll continue the story from our Spotlight feature on Lyle four years ago: 

Always young for his class, that summer he was eligible to play on the Post 61 American Legion team, which won the local district and competed for the state title. With one year of college ball under his belt, Lyle starred in Yountville; snaggin' home run balls over the fence and generally creating mayhem on the basepaths. His performance garnered the attention of Dodgers scout, Ron King. But before King could talk to him, Lyle dropped off the sandlot radar.  

Lyle left with three friends to attend electronics trade school at DeVry University in Phoenix. Studying by day and working at night in a factory packaging contraceptive pills, Lyle heard the siren's song when the Cincinnati Reds held an open tryout camp. He went with only his glove, dressed in shorts and sandals. Admittedly rusty, Don impressed Dick Howsam, Jr., who signed him the next day to the minimum $500 bonus.  

Meantime, his mother told him Mr. King had been leaving messages trying to reach him. Unbeknown to Lyle, the Dodgers scout was ready to sign him to a contract with an $8,000 bonus. When Lyle finally connected with King one day later, he was already the property of the Reds—and $7,500 poorer. *

Lyle retired after playing seven seasons in the Cincinnati organization, including the last two at their Triple-A affiliate, Indianapolis in 1980. 

King also recalled Wilson, an 18th-round draft pick of the Pirates in 1992, pitching the Carolina Mudcats to the Southern League championship in 1994. Wilson pitched one season for the Pirates before retiring in 1995. 

King played eight minor league seasons, including four in the Cleveland organization which signed him out of Christian Brothers High in 1946, and one season with the hometown Sacramento Solons. 

To read the Spotlight feature on King go here, and the feature on Lyle, go here.

* Lyle stated the bonus was $5,000, but King--whose mind is razor sharp at 86--recalls it was for three-thousand more.

 

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For decades, Sacramento has been a hotbed of tremendous baseball talent. A few of the locals performing in the Major Leagues at present from the greater Sacramento area* include J.P. Howell, Dustin Pedroia, Derrek Lee, Manny Parra and many more.

Among the hundreds of former professional players who have hailed from around here (and this is not an exhaustive list) include: Dusty Baker, Larry Bowa, Ken and Bob Forsch, Stan Hack, Woody Held, David Hernandez, Derrek Lee, Joe Marty, Butch Metzger, Steve Sax, Greg Vaughn, Fernando Vina and many others.

Numerous MLB managers have come out of Sacramento, including:
Dusty Baker (SF Giants, Chicago Cubs and now Cincinnati Reds)
Larry Bowa (San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies)
Jerry Manuel (Chicago White Sox and New York Mets)
Buck Martinez (Toronto Blue Jays)
Johnny McNamara (6 teams)

Many top-name big league players barnstormed through Sacramento from the teens through the early '60s. Among the barnstormers, none were bigger than Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, who performed as the Bustin' Babes and Larrupin Lous here in Sacramento in 1927 (you can read more about that tour at ThePitchBook.com).

After runnin' the bases here, if you would like to submit material that you believe should be included at BaseballSacramento.com, please send an email to
RAC (at) baseballsacramento (dot) com.

Also be sure to check out the All-Time Top 50 Players from Sacramento in the History section.
 

Enjoy!

Editor
Rick Cabral

* The "greater Sacramento baseball area" extends west to Woodland, north to Yuba City, east to Grass Valley and south to the San Joaquin County line.

Updated 10/29/14
All contents © Rick Cabral, 2010-2014


 

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