Sunday, October 31, 2010

Bumgarner, Giants one win from title after 4-0 win


On Halloween Night, Giants rookie starter Madison Bumgarner came to Game 4 of the World Series dressed as a dominant ace.

Consequently, the team in orange and black is one win away from its first Series title since moving to San Francisco.

Bumgarner held Texas to three hits over eight innings, Aubrey Huff hit a two-run third-inning homer and the Giants beat the Rangers 4-0 in Arlington, Texas, Sunday night.

The win gives the Giants a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series. The Rangers now find themselves one loss from elimination after being shut out for just the second time since Sept. 23 -- but also the second time in three games.

Huff handed Bumgarner an early lead, and the Giants essentially coasted from there. Andres Torres led off the third with a double that bounced off first base and caromed down the right-field line, and Huff hit Rangers starter Tommy Hunter's one-out offering out of the yard to right.

Torres' seventh-inning two-out double to the center-field wall plated Edgar Renteria, who had singled and was running from first base with the pitch. Catcher Buster Posey added a solo shot in the eighth for the final margin.

San Francisco closer Brian Wilson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning in a non-save situation, striking out Josh Hamilton on a failed check swing for the final out.

Bumgarner, 21, the fifth-youngest pitcher to start a Series game, only allowed one runner past first base, stirking out six batters with two walks.

Renteria went 3-for-4, while Torres was 3-for-5.

Hunter took the loss for Texas, allowing two runs on five hits over four innings. He issued one walk and struck out one.

Game 5 is Monday night in Arlington, matching Game 1 starters and aces Tim Lincecum and Cliff Lee. The Giants and Lincecum earned an 11-7 win in the opener, while the previously nearly unbeatable Lee gave up seven runs without finishing the fifth inning.

NOTES: Bumgarner and Posey were the first rookie batterymates to start a World Series game since 1947. The Yankees' Spec Shea and Yogi Berra did so against the Brooklyn Dodgers that year. ... Texas reliever Alexi Ogando left in the top of the sixth inning with a left oblique strain. It was not immediately clear whether he will be available for the remainder of the series. ... San Francisco's Cody Ross' 10-game postseason hitting streak came to an end, one game shy of tying the franchise record held by Irish Meusel. ... The Giants have won 14 of 15 against Texas. ... Former President George W. Bush threw out the opening pitch, a strike, to team president Nolan Ryan. His father, former President George H.W. Bush, looked on. ... The shutout was the Giants' fourth of the playoffs, tying the 1998 Yankees and 1905 New York Giants for the most in a single postseason. ... San Francisco's Nate Schierholtz and Travis Ishikawa made their first starts of the postseason.


Photo above: Madison Bumgarner pitches Sunday. (Matthew Campbell-Pool/Getty Images)

Audio credit -- San Francisco Giants Radio Network/ Rangers Radio Network

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