On Assignment – Game 5 – 2014 World Series

San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner was THE story of Game Five of the 2014 World Series, hurling a complete game, 5-0 shutout to give the Giants a three games to two lead as the Series heads back to the midwest for Game Six Tuesday night.

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OCTOBER 26 – SAN FRANCISCO: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Kansas City Royals during Game Five of the 2014 World Series at A,T & T Park in San Francisco, California on October 26, 2014. Bumgarner pitched a 4 hit, complete game shutout as the Giants took a three games to two lead in the best of seven series. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

Since there was no “clinch” possible Sunday night, I was able to head upstairs and shoot overhead. I love shooting overhead, especially during big games such as the World Series. The vantage point is amazing, and there are very few, if any “dead spots” on the field.

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OCTOBER 26 – SAN FRANCISCO: Billy Butler #16 of the Kansas City Royals reacts after being called out on strikes in the eighth inning of Game Five of the 2014 World Series at A,T &T Park in San Francisco, California on October 26, 2014. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

You’re rarely blocked shooting up top.  It’s not completely free of obstructions, though.  When Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval celebrated rather emotionally to give Burgarner a bit more breathing room in the eighth inning, the home plate umpire was directly between my 500mm Nikon lens and the most of ensuing celebration.

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OCTOBER 26 – SAN FRANCISCO: Hunter Pence #8 and Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants celebrate after scoring in the eighth inning of Game Five of the 2014 World Series against the Kansas City Royals at A,T & T Park in San Francisco, California on October 26, 2014. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

Fortunately, the MLB photos team had three other photographers in different positions around the ballpark, so even though I might not have had a clear angle, someone did.

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OCTOBER 26 – SAN FRANCISCO: 43, 087 fans watch Game Five of the 2014 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals at A,T & T Park in San Francisco, California on October 26, 2014. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

Travis Ishikawa made a valiant diving effort on a drive hit by Omar Infante , which was exactly what the doctor ordered for all of us shooting upstairs on what turned out to be a wonderfully pleasant October evening.

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OCTOBER 26 – SAN FRANCISCO: Travis Ishikawa #45 of the San Francisco Giants dives but cannot catch the drive hit by Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals in the sixth inning of Game Five of the 2014 World Series at A,T & T Park in San Francisco, California on October 26, 2014. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

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OCTOBER 26 – SAN FRANCISCO: Travis Ishikawa #45 of the San Francisco Giants dives came up inches short and failed to catch a drive by Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals in the sixth inning of Game Five of the 2014 World Series at A,T & T Park in San Francisco, California on October 26, 2014. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

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OCTOBER 26 – SAN FRANCISCO: A drive by Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals skips by the diving Travis Ishikawa #45 of the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning of Game Five of the 2014 World Series at A,T & T Park in San Francisco, California on October 26, 2014. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

Although Ishikawa may have missed on this play, the Giants, led by the 4 hit, 8 strikeout and NO walks performance by Bumgarner, surely didn’t miss a beat, setting the stage for their third world championship in 5 years Tuesday night at Kaufmann Stadium.

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OCTOBER 26 – SAN FRANCISCO: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Kansas City Royals during Game Five of the 2014 World Series at A,T & T Park in San Francisco, California on October 26, 2014. Bumgarner pitched a 4 hit, complete game shutout as the Giants took a three games to two lead in the best of seven series. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

Jake Peavy will be on the bump for the Giants as the Royals will put their 2014 season chances on the line with young Yordano Ventura. I have a feeling it’s gonna go seven games this year, and rightfully so.  Both teams have had tremendous seasons, so should only fitting that it would come down to a winner take all game Wednesday night.

 

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