Sunday, October 12, 2014

Once they get a lead, they hold it

Five down, seven to go

A three-run lead by the 3rd inning after 3 one-run vics against the Nats. This was a relatively low-stress game tonight,,,,

The headline is from Henry Schulman's game story for the SF's part of what he said following that assertion ....

For most of Game 1, “they” meant Bumgarner, who pitched 72/3 innings and broke a 90-year-old postseason record for consecutive shutout innings on the road, 262/3 and counting.
The schematic for this win was familiar; Brandon Belt needed few words to describe it.
“We just want to give Bum a few runs early and let him settle in,” Belt said.
The Giants took a 3-0 lead by the third inning against Adam Wainwright and watched Bumgarner protect it like a dog with a favorite chew toy in his mouth.
The 25-year-old, now 4-0 in postseason road starts, allowed four singles on the night and none from the third through sixth innings.
“He was really good,” Buster Posey said. “He’s been on quite a roll. When he throws the ball as well as he did tonight, we don’t have to score too many.”
Which is good for the Giants, because they have not exactly been an offensive dynamo this postseason. After scoring eight runs to beat the Pirates in the wild-card game, they have squeaked out three, two, one, three and three. Yet they are 4-1 in those taut affairs.
“The fact that we’re grinding out a lot of wins, even though we’re leaving a lot of guys on base, is a good thing,” second baseman Joe Panik said. “It speaks volumes about our pitching.”


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