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When Brandon Crawford grew up as a Giants fan in nearby Pleasanton, nowhere in his mind's eye did he ever conceive of driving home three runs in a World Series game. Crawford did just that in Game 5 on Sunday night at AT&T Park, with two dump singles and a grounder as the Giants defeated the Royals, 5-0.
This deep into October, rarely does any star live up to the outsized hype that surrounds him. In Game 5, Madison Bumgarner did. Entering the night riding one of the finest postseason runs of any pitcher in history, San Francisco's 25-year-old ace tormented the Royals over nine innings in a 5-0 victory, lifting the Giants to within one win of their third title in five years.
Madison Bumgarner pitched a shutout to lead the Giants past the Royals in a 5-0 San Francisco win in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night at AT&T Park, putting the Giants one win away from their third Fall Classic title in the past five seasons.
Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain, who was sporting a notable limp the night before, tracked down a deep fly ball in the fifth inning Sunday night to keep Kansas City within striking distance in Game 5 of the World Series.
Lorenzo Cain has spent much of this postseason flying all over the outfield to take hits away from opposing batters. He added another clip to his October highlight reel on Sunday night, in Game 5 of the World Series, helping to keep the Royals close in an eventual 5-0 loss to the Giants.
Madison Bumgarner's shutout not only put the Giants one win from their third World Series title in five seasons, it ensured a bullpen that has been used heavily this postseason two full days of rest before Game 6.
James Shields' performance this October wasn't the kind any pitcher dreams about, but the right-hander, whose time in Kansas City may soon be over, accomplished what he was acquired to do.
Madison Bumgarner has done all that could be expected of one pitcher in one postseason. He has created a performance that can fairly be mentioned with some of the best October work in the history of baseball. And in the process, he has placed the San Francisco Giants on the brink of their third World Series championship in the past five seasons.
Unable to process it, unable to believe the death of his friend Oscar Taveras, Juan Perez mourned and cried, understanding that steps away, the Royals and Giants were playing Game 5 of the World Series. What Perez could not have anticipated was that he would enter the game and play such a critical role in the Giants' victory.
Brandon Belt bunted for a single in the second inning of the Giants' 5-0 victory in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night. "They were giving me that whole area over there," he said.
The Giants had just won a World Series game, but there was very little celebrating going on in their clubhouse. The news of the death of Cardinals rookie Oscar Taveras wasn't even a few hours old, and Giants players, many of whom learned of it in the middle of the game, were affected.
The lack of boom-boom of late in this World Series was mentioned to "Bam Bam," aka Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens, in the aftermath of Sunday night's 5-0 victory behind Madison Bumgarner. It was pointed out that not one home run was hit in the three games here at AT&T Park -- a World Series rarity that hadn't happened in three consecutive games since way back in 1948.
Madison Bumgarner continued his historic postseason dominance on Sunday night, leading the Giants to a 5-0 victory in the pivotal Game 5 of the 2014 World Series.
The Cardinals loved him from the moment they laid eyes on him. Oscar Taveras was just a teenager then. One scout compared him to Albert Pujols. That's part of the incomprehensible sadness in all of this, writes columnist Richard Justice.
MLB and the MLB Players Association delivered their annual $2.5 million check to the Baseball Tomorrow Fund before Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night, the 15th anniversary of the inception of the initiative, which has issued over 800 grants totaling more than $27 million to support youth baseball and softball all over the world.
In the hours following the death of Oscar Taveras, the baseball world collectively mourned the loss of the young Cardinals outfielder.
The death of Oscar Taveras on Sunday, in a car accident in the Dominican Republic, is the third death of an active player to hit the St. Louis Cardinals in the past 13 seasons. It's a burden no club, no organization should have to bear even once, never mind three times.
As part of a pregame tribute to Robin Williams, the actor/comedian, Bay Area resident and longtime Giants fan who died in August, the Giants' organization invited his three children to take part in the ceremonial first pitch before Game 5 of the World Series.
Gear up in style with the exclusive official sweatshirts, T-shirts and caps that the Royals and Giants will be wearing to work out during the World Series.
Trailing Game 3 of the World Series by one run in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Giants desperately needed a baserunner. They almost got one on a Gregor Blanco bunt, but Statcast shows how a smooth play by Royals catcher Salvador Perez and a poor decision by Blanco helped Kansas City hold on for a 3-2 victory and 2-1 Series lead.