In the bottom of the ninth-inning, manager of the Cardinals, Mike Matheny, put in a starting pitcher who had not thrown in over 20 days after recovering from an injury. Big mistake. After giving up a hit and a walk, with two runners on base, Travis Ishikawa of the Giants hit a walk-off home run to win the game. Closing out the series 4-1.
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After missing a ball in the third inning that should have been caught–which resulted in a run for the Cards–Ishikawa made up for his mistake.
Although the home run won the game, the biggest reason the Giants have advanced so far and are now playing in the World Series is because of their ace, Madison Bumgarner. The pitcher has been so dominant throughout the postseason–throwing a complete game shutout against the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the wild card game, and then in the NLCS Madbum threw two games, getting a win in St. Louis in Game 1 and going 8 strong innings in Game 5. Bum may have got a no decision in yesterday’s (Oct. 16) win, but still earned the NCLS MVP Award.
Now the Giants face the Kansas City Royals, a match-up that should excite all baseball fans. Sports analysts say that both the teams are pretty even, but some say that the Giants have a better bullpen–giving them the advantage. However, the Royals are being called the “team of destiny,” having won the last 8 postseason games in a row and participating in the postseason for the first time in 29 years. But then do the Giants, whose General Manager Brian Sabean called the team “cockroaches,” because they refuse to die, have too much postseason experience for the Royals? Though K.C., the hottest team in baseball, did sweep the Giants earlier this summer in their regular season series.
Also, another exciting fact is that this is the second time in MLB history that two wild card teams will face each other in the World Series.
Game 1 of the 2014 World Series will take place Tuesday October 21 at Kauffman Stadium.