Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"I felt pretty good"

Thus spoke the man who had just won his third career World Series game. Here's Al Saracevic's game story for the SF Chron, the bottom half ....

“Bumgarner, he was dynamite,” said Royals manager Ned Yost. “I mean, man, was he good tonight. We had an opportunity in the third, and I was really impressed with the way he fed off our aggressiveness and just worked up the ladder to get out of that jam. But he was nails tonight.”
If you want to know what makes this young man so good, look no further than that jam in the third inning. The Giants were up 3-0, but the Royals had mounted their first real challenge of the night. After the first two batters got on, one by error, Bumgarner shut the Royals down with two strikeouts and a weak grounder, leaving the bases loaded in his wake.
It was a miraculous escape act, worthy of a magician. And it showed some serious intestinal fortitude.
“He did a really nice job the one inning,” Bochy said. “He bowed his neck and made some great pitches to get out of that. I mean, they’re getting back in the game, but he kept them from scoring.”
It was a remarkable night all around for the Giants. Clutch hitting and great pitching added up to a blowout. The ball now goes to Jake Peavy, who will try to follow Bumgarner’s act in Game 2, here in Kansas City. Good luck with that.
True to his North Carolina roots and his no-nonsense demeanor, Bumgarner was nonplussed by his performance, or the records he set. It was just another day at the office for the World Series Wonder.
“I felt pretty good,” Bumgarner said. “I know that’s a boring answer, but for me, that’s all it is.”
“I’m not here trying to set records and keep streaks going and whatever, but you do know about it. A World Series game is not something you exactly forget about.”
You’re right, Madison. No one’s going to forget that gem.

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