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2014 World Series All Even at 1-1

October 23rd, 2014 at 9:34 AM
By Michael Almonte

The San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals split the first two games of the World Series after the Royals evened the series Wednesday night with a 7-2 win. The loss snapped the Giants seven-game World Series winning streak and the next three games will be played at AT&T Park beginning Friday night.

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Gregor Blanco led off the game with the first Giants first leadoff home run in World Series history and third ever in postseason. Angel Pagan has the other two leadoff homers that came in 2012. It was the 19th leadoff home run in World Series history and first since Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox did so back in Game 1 of the 2007 World Series.

Blanco is just the third National League player to record a leadoff home run in the Fall Classic, joining Lou Brock of the 1968 St. Louis Cardinals, Pete Rose of the 1972 Cincinnati Reds and Lenny Dykstra of the 1986 New York Mets. The Giants became the first team in World Series history to homer in the first inning of Game 1 and 2.

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Orange and Black Wednesday: World Series Inside Scoop

October 22nd, 2014 at 12:04 PM
By Michael Almonte

The San Francisco Giants won the World Series opener 7-1 on Wednesday Night behind a fantastic outing from Madison Bumgarner. The Giants have now won seven straight World Series games and have outscored their World Series opponents 26-11 in Game 1's dating back to 2010.

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Bumgarner earned his sixth career playoff win on the night, breaking a tie with Christy Mathewson and teammate Tim Lincecum for the franchise mark. The Giants lefty is now 3-0 in the Fall Classic with a 0.41 ERA in 22 innings and has a 0.68 ERA on the road in the playoffs in 39.2 innings. Bumgarner has a 5-0 postseason record on the road as a starter, showcasing a 0.72 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 37.2 innings.

The Giants' ace did, however, allow a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh to snap his postseason scoreless streak on the road at 32.2 innings. The homer also snapped his scoreless World Series streak at 21 innings. Mathewson owns the World Series scoreless innings streak with 28 from 1905-1911. Bumgarner is 61-3 in his career including the playoffs when the Giants score three runs or more for him.

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2014 World Series Preview: San Francisco Giants Vs Kansas City Royals

October 21st, 2014 at 3:32 PM
By Michael Almonte

The 110th edition of the World Series will feature just the second all Wild Card matchup as the San Francisco Giants take on the Kansas City Royals. 2002 was the last World Series to feature two Wild Card teams as the Anaheim Angels defeated the Giants in seven-games. The 2014 Fall Classic will be the first series in which both teams had fewer than 90 wins.

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The Giants are making their 20th World Series appearance and sixth in the SF era, while Kansas City is making their third trip to the Fall Classic. The Royals are looking to win their second World Series and first since 1985, while the Giants are looking to capture a third title in the last five seasons.

The Royals enter the Fall Classic on a hot streak, wining all eight playoff games, which is an MLB postseason record. The Giants are 8-2 this postseason and 15-2 in their last 17 playoff games. Both clubs enter the series with streaks on the line. Going back to 1985, the Royals have won 11 straight playoff games, which is the third longest streak in postseason history.

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The San Francisco Giants are Your 2014 National League Champions

October 17th, 2014 at 2:46 PM
By Michael Almonte

The San Francisco Giants are National League Champions for third time in five years after winning 6-3 Thursday night over the St. Louis Cardinals on Travis Ishikawa's dramatic walk-off three-run home run. It's the Giants' 23rd pennant in franchise history and they will be appearing in their 20th World Series.

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After not homering the first four games, the Giants smacked three on the night as Joe Panik homered in the bottom of the third and pinch-hitter Michael Morse tied the game at 3 with a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth. It was the Giants' fifth pinch-hit home run in postseason history and their first since J.T. Snow did so back in Game 2 of the 2000 Division Series versus the New York Mets.

It was Ishikawa's first career walk-off home run and was the ninth time in postseason history a walk-off home run clinched a series. The last time the Giants won the NL pennant on a home run was in 1951 on Bobby Thomson's three-run "Shot Heard 'Round the World" against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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San Francisco Giants One Win Away from the World Series

October 15th, 2014 at 10:53 PM
By Michael Almonte

The San Francisco Giants are one win away from reaching the World Series for the third time in five years after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series Wednesday night. The Giants lead the series 3-1 and are 14-2 in their last 16 playoff games.

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Ryan Vogelsong lasted just three innings on the night and surrendered more than one run for the first time in his postseason career. The Giants are 6-0 in his postseason starts and the bullpen was terrific on the night, allowing four hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts in six shutout innings. Yusmeiro Petit won the game and Santiago Casilla recorded his second save of the postseason.

Pablo Sandoval set a Giants' franchise record by reaching base in 22 straight playoff games, breaking the previous record of 21 held by Barry Bonds during the 2002 and 2003 playoffs. Speaking of Bonds, the home run king threw out the first pitch prior to Game 4. Buster Posey smacked two hits on the night and set an SF record with 42 career playoff hits.

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