But before he received the MVP award, his father sent him a text after the eighth inning.
His dad, Kevin Bumgarner, choked up when he showed the text to a New York Times reporter.
"OMG. You're so much more than awesome," Kevin had written to the star pitcher. "To see you work on the mound reminds me of watching you in high school. You are willing yourself to perfection and dragging the team along with you. I couldn't be more proud of your baseball accomplishments."
Kevin told the newspaper: "I knew he wouldn't read that text before the game was over, but I wanted him to know this was what his daddy thought of him."