October 26, 2014

World Series 5: Giants 5, Royals 0

Royals - 000 000 000 - 0  4  1
Giants - 010 100 03x - 5 12  0
Madison Bumgarner (9-4-0-0-8, 117)!

In Games 1 and 5 of this World Series, he has pitched 16 innings and allowed 7 hits, 1 walk, and 1 run. He has struck out 13.

In four career World Series starts, he has a 0.29 ERA.

The Giants lead the series 3-2. Game 6 is in Kansas City on Tuesday night, with a possible Game 7 on Wednesday.

I was going to have a running account of each half-inning, but work got in the way in the top of the fifth.

KCR 1: Madison Bumgarner in Game 1: 7-3-1-1-5, 106. In five postseason starts in 2014, the man some people refer to as MadBum has a 1.40 ERA. Alcides Escobar hacks at the first pitch and pops to left. After Alex Gordon grounds to second (Giants second baseman Joe Panik makes a nice slide to his left), Lorenzo Cain drops a single into short right field. Eric Hosmer strikes out, and looks bad doing it.

SFG 1: James Shields in Game 1: 3-7-5-1-1, 71. A 7.11 ERA this postseason for the free agent-to-be (15 runs allowed in four games). Shields matches Bumgarner. Blanco grounds the first pitch to Hosmer at first and Panik flies to center. Buster Posey knocks a two-out single to right-center, but is stranded at first. 13 pitches.

KCR 2: Salvador Perez grounds an opposite-field single through the infield into right field. Bumgarner then strikes out the side, getting Mike Moustakas (though it took him eight pitches), Omar Infante (only three pitches), and Jarrod Dyson (three, also).

SFG 2: Bad beginning for Shields, though not really his fault. Hunter Pence's ground ball goes off the backhand side of Escobar's glove. Brandon Belt beats out a bunt to the somewhat-vacated left side. The runners move up to second and third when Travis Ishikawa flies to deepish center. Shields needs to get Brandon Crawford, with the pitcher's spot up next. On a full count, Crawford grounds to second and Pence scores. Bumgarner grounds to third.

KCR 3: Bumgarner retired the Royals 9-1-2 hitters in order, on two fly balls to center and a strikeout. 40 pitches through three innings. My latest pet peeve are people referring to an inning like this as a "shutdown inning": after his team has scored, the pitcher comes out and shuts down the opposing team, and keeps the good momentum going. I've seen TV graphics with a pitcher's ERA in shutdown innings. It's annoying and stupid.

SFG 3: Top of the order for the Giants. Shields has no problem, retiring them on seven pitches. He also has thrown 40 pitches through three innings.

KCR 4: Anyone ever heard the upcoming hitters in an inning referred to as "the due-ups"? Not that X, Y and Z are due up for the Royals, but those guys are the due-ups in the next inning. Jon Miller, Giants radio play-by-play guy, used the phrase earlier in this postseason. ... The Royals are retired on three infield groundouts. 10 pitches for Bumgarner, who has retired the last 9 KC hitters.

SFG 4: Pablo Sandoval singles to open the inning. Shields bears down and strikes out Pence and Belt, but Ishikawa singles on a hard grounder to left. Crawford singles to short center and Dyson boots the ball a little bit. Panda scores, 2-0 Giants. Crawford's second RBI. Bumgarner strikes out.


allan said...

Madison Bumgarner pitched the 91st complete-game postseason shutout since 1903. Bumgarner's gem was only the 16th of those 91 shutouts in which the pitcher did not allow a base on balls. And Bumgarner's was the first of those 91 shutouts in which the pitcher not only permitted no walks, but struck out at least 8 batters.

allan said...

He's also the first pitcher in baseball history to win four World Series games before his 26th birthday.

And he's allowed only 1 run in those four games. His WS ERA of 0.29 is the lowest of all time for pitchers with at least 25 innings pitched.