KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With the key relievers of the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants all rested and available for Game 7 of the World Series, it was widely anticipated the bullpens would figure prominently. And they did. Really prominently. Game 7 starting pitchers Jeremy Guthrie and Tim Hudson combined to pitch just five innings in the Giants’ series-clinching 3-2 victory Wednesday night. The 15 outs tied the mark of fewest outs by Game 7 starters and meant the teams’ bullpens – including that guy Madison Bumgarner – had to combine for 13 innings. Though he got a no-decision, Hudson was the first pitcher to exit. After the Giants’ offense gave him a two-run lead in the top of the second, the 39-year-old and oldest pitcher to start a Game 7 of the World Series didn’t make it through the bottom half of the frame. Royals designated hitter Billy Butler led off the inning with a single. Then left fielder Alex Gordon doubled him home. After Gordon, Hudson’s next pitch hit Salvador Perez in the knee. Those events got the San Francisco bullpen stirring and while Hudson got the next two batters to fly out, Gordon scored to tie the game. Following shortstop Alcides Escobar’s single, Hudson was out of the game and Jeremy Affeldt was in. Hudson’s final line was 1 2/3 innings, three hits, two runs, a walk and a strikeout. The short stint meant Hudson became another trivia answer. His start was the shortest outing from a Game 7 starter since 1960. But thanks to the stellar relief outings from Affeldt and Bumgarner, who combined for 7 1/3 shutout innings, Hudson was able to celebrate his first World Series title.
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