He pitched eight. He retired the last 12 batters he faced. He kept the Giants close, and the 25-year-old is heading to his third World Series. For his efforts, Madison Bumgarner was named the 2014 National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player.
His final line: 15⅔ innings, three earned runs, three walks, 12 strikeouts. He was dominant in his first start against the Cardinals, and he was dominant for his last four innings in his second start. I would have given the award to every danged person on the team, but they don't ask me. Bumgarner, then, is a fine choice.
The Giants won the pennant.