Madison Bumgarner proved his big-game brilliance with a four-hit shutout of the Kansas City Royals that put him into the Fall Classic record books and the Giants within a win of the title.
The young lefty lifted the Giants to a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven with a 5-0 win.
Bumgarner, 25, struck out eight without a walk, lowered his career World Series earned run average to a record 0.29, and improved his Fall Classic record to 4-0.
“I felt great,” said Bumgarner, who dominated the Royals 7-1 in San Francisco’s opening game victory in Kansas City. “I’m just happy we won. That was a big game for us being tied up 2-2.”
Patience from Giants manager Bruce Bochy paid off after he stuck to his rotation and did not bring Bumgarner back a day early to start Friday’s Game Four, which San Francisco won 11-4.
Bumgarner became the first pitcher to toss a complete-game shutout in the World Series since Josh Beckett in 2003.
The Royals entered the World Series as an amazing Cinderella story, having gone undefeated through the playoffs to reach the title series.
Kansas City is looking for a first World Series since 1985 and have run into a huge challenge in trying to get over the line.