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article imageBumgarner's gem puts Giants on cusp of World Series win

By Nate Smith     Oct 27, 2014 in Sports
The San Francisco Giants are one win away from staking claim to the club's third World Series in five years following a 5-0 Game 5 victory Sunday night over the Royals.
And if the Giants can in fact win one of the next two remaining games in Kansas City, Madison Bumgarner is a virtual lock to be recognized as the series Most Valuable Player.
The Giants ace pitched a complete game shutout — his second of the these playoffs — Sunday night, as San Francisco dispatched the Royals and in so doing took a 3-2 World Series advantage.
The Giants can clinch the Best of 7 series with a win in Game 6 Tuesday night in Kansas City.
Just as in the series opener, Bumgarner was dominant again Sunday, scattering only four hits across nine innings, striking out eight batters and walking nary a soul.
He threw 117 pitches; 84 were strikes.
Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval each plated a pair of runs to pace the scoring for the home team.
San Francisco led only 2-0 heading into the eighth inning. Pence and Sandoval each singled to begin the frame, and later scored after pinch hitter Juan Perez banged a double off the top of the center field wall.
Brandon Crawford followed that big hit with a single of his own to plate Perez. For Crawford, it was his third RBI of the game.
Kansas City pitcher James Shields lasted six innings, and was generally sharper than his Game 1 start in which he only lasted three-plus innings.
Still, even a quality start from Shields on this night, though, was not enough against Bumgarner, the reigning MVP of the National League Championship Series against the Cardinals.
As more than 43,000 Giants fans shouted chants of "MVP! MVP!" Bumgarner was putting the finishing touches on his second victory in the World Series and fourth in the playoffs, against just one loss.
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According to ESPN Stats & Info, Bumgarner's 47.2 innings pitched this October is second only to Curt Schilling in 2001 for the most all-time by a pitcher in a single postseason.
If the Giants are to clinch, it'll happen on the road.
Games 6 and 7 (if necessary) will be in Kansas City, where the Royals have the home field advantage, as well the benefit of the designated hitter, and not having to stare down another start from Bumgarner.
The Royals need all the breaks they can get, according to Elias Sports Bureau, Game 5 winners are a combined 27-14 all time in the World Series.
It should be noted, the last time KC won it all, the Royals overcome a 3-2 deficit. Furthermore, eight of the last 10 World Series teams to overcome 3-2 series deficits, did so at home.
Game 2 starters return to the mound Tuesday night. Jake Peavy is on for the Giants. He will be opposed by Yordano Ventura.
Kansas City stormed ahead to a 4-1 lead in Saturday's Game 4, after taking a 2-1 series lead on Friday. Since, the Giants have outscored the upstart Royals 15-0.
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