Playoff Series: Game 4 of 5

San Francisco won 4-1

Game 1: Wednesday, October 27
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Game 2: Thursday, October 28
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Game 3: Saturday, October 30
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Game 4: Sunday, October 31
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Game 5: Monday, November 1
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    8:20 PM ET, October 31, 2010

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    W: M. Bumgarner (1-0)

    L: T. Hunter (0-1)

    Giants' Madison Bumgarner shuts down Rangers in Game 4 of World Series

    Associated Press

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- Everything is clicking for the San Francisco Giants at the World Series -- hitting, fielding and especially the pitching.

    On Sunday night, rookie Madison Bumgarner threw well beyond his years and sent a shudder clear through Rangers Ballpark.

    One more win, like this gem, a 4-0 shutout of Texas in Game 4, and that elusive World Series title will be theirs to savor.

    "We've got the team to do it," Bumgarner said.

    Have they ever.

    Dressed in black-and-orange, the Giants were spooky good in taking a 3-1 edge. The 21-year-old Bumgarner allowed only three hits over eight innings and took all the fun out of a festive Halloween crowd.

    Aubrey Huff and Buster Posey backed their young lefty with home runs and San Francisco put on a fielding clinic. Coming off their lone loss in the Series, these Giants delivered a complete game.

    "Yesterday was a very helter-skelter situation," Giants general manager Brian Sabean said. "You're worried about families, worried about signing balls, worried about tickets, about travel. I'm not using that as an excuse, but today they were much more relaxed, much more confident."

    Ace Tim Lincecum will try Monday night to deliver the Giants' first championship since they moved to San Francisco in 1958. And now it's up to Cliff Lee to save the Rangers' season in Game 5.

    Only six teams in World Series history have overcome a 3-1 deficit, most recently Kansas City in 1985.

    "With a win, I usually sleep pretty good in the playoffs, with a loss pretty shaky. Hopefully we sleep good tonight. We've got a big challenge tomorrow with Cliff Lee," Huff said. "We got him last game, but you know he's going to come out and really want to get us."

    Bumgarner and closer Brian Wilson made the Giants the first team to post two shutouts in a World Series since Baltimore threw three straight to close out the Dodgers in 1966.

    "It's certainly been pitching as advertised," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "They've got good stuff. They've got velocity. They can spin the baseball. They can change speeds and they keep their defense engaged."

    Huff, who grew up in the Metroplex, hit a two-run homer in the third that gave Bumgarner all the support he needed. Posey added a solo shot in the eighth -- Bumgarner and Posey became the first rookie battery to start in the Series since Spec Shea and Yogi Berra for the Yankees in 1947.

    "It's hard to believe he's only 21. He's got it all and he has no fear of anyone," Giants outfielder Nate Schierholtz said.

    Andres Torres doubled twice, singled and drove in a run and Edgar Renteria also got three hits.

    The gloves helped out even more.

    Left fielder Cody Ross came up with a shoestring catch, second baseman Freddy Sanchez made a leaping grab and Posey threw out Josh Hamilton trying to steal. Bumgarner helped himself, too, knocking down Hamilton's scorcher up the middle.

    Coming off a 4-2 win Saturday night, the Rangers and their fans were ready to even this Series. Earlier in the day, about a quarter-mile away at Cowboys Stadium, Dallas dropped to 1-6 with a 35-17 loss to Jacksonville. Two boys held up signs inside that read: "Hurry Up Cowboys ... I Have a Rangers Game to go to."

    The father-and-son team of George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush threw out the ceremonial first ball in what Major League Baseball said was the first time two former presidents attended a World Series game.

    The elder Bush's wife, Barbara, even kept score from her front-row seat next to the Texas dugout. There wasn't much to write down -- not on the Texas side, anyway, because of Bumgarner.

    "I can't say enough about what he did," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

    Bumgarner didn't permit a runner past first base until the seventh. Facing his only jam, he retired Ian Kinsler on a fly ball to strand two runners and preserve a 3-0 lead.

    Bumgarner struck out Vladimir Guerrero three times, the first time the star Texas designated hitter had done that this season. Twice, Guerrero took weak waves at strike three.

    "I'm surprised, to be honest with you," said Hamilton, who fanned for the final out. "Vladdy is a competitor. It looked like he was looking for a different pitch than what he got."

    The Giants' fourth starter, Bumgarner went 7-6 in 18 starts this season. He began this game with a four-pitch walk to Elvis Andrus and ran into little trouble after that. He struck out six, walked two and improved to 2-0 in three postseason starts.

    "I try to tell myself all the time just to relax and take deep breaths, control the breathing. It helps me relax and stay calm and act like it's not a big deal. Obviously it is, it's the World Series. Just tried to go out there and relax, and it's worked out," he said.

    Wilson closed with a hitless ninth.

    The only other time this year Texas was shut out at home was in a 5-0 loss to Oakland on Aug. 28.

    "I don't think discouragement is the right word," Texas third baseman Michael Young said. "Obviously, we know we're capable of more."

    The Giants tweaked their lineup, benching strikeout machine Pat Burrell and making Huff the DH for the first time this season. Bochy put Schierholtz in right field and Travis Ishikawa at first base -- fine fielders, not great hitters. That's more the NL way, where spare bats rarely grow on the bench.

    Washington came off his bench twice to discuss calls with first base umpire Jeff Kellogg. Both plays were bang-bang, and replays seemed to show both were misses that went against the Rangers.

    Thwarted early, the Giants took a 2-0 lead in the third on Huff's homer. Torres led off with a grounder that hit the first-base bag, kicked up and rolled into the corner for a double. Sanchez failed to advance him and was still shouting at himself down in the dugout tunnel when Huff hit a long drive to right.

    Huff homered on the 62nd pitch overall from Hunter, who tossed strikes but couldn't throw the ball past anyone. Alexi Ogando began warming up in the Texas bullpen in the third and replaced Hunter in the fifth.

    Ogando set down five straight batters, then bounced a breaking ball to the sixth and immediately grabbed his left side. A trainer went to the mound, Ogando came out and Darren Oliver relieved.

    "He's through," Washington said.

    The Giants took an aggressive approach from the get-go. After Torres led off the game with an infield single, Bochy ordered up a bunt, hit-and-run and a steal -- all with Sanchez at the plate.

    Hamilton kept things scoreless in the Giants second. The All-Star center fielder charged hard to make a diving, backhanded catch on a blooper by Schierholtz that stranded runners at the corners.

    Game notes

    At 21, Bumgarner became the fifth-youngest pitcher to start in a World Series. Bullet Joe Bush was 20 for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1913. ... Hunter has not gotten past the fourth inning in any of his three postseason starts. He went 13-4 during the regular season. ... Huff hit his first homer since Sept. 25. ... Hunter fielded Renteria's bat after it slipped out of his hands and slithered to the mound in the second. Hunter politely handed it back to Renteria. ... Ishikawa, making his first start since Aug. 14, scraped his chin making a headfirst dive into third base.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumGlobe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, TX
    Attendance51,920 (107.9% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time3:09
    Weather77 degrees, clear
    Wind13 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Mike Winters, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - John Hirschbeck

    Research Notes

    How Rangers starter Tommy Hunter lost Game 4 to the Giants: - Too hittable: Hunter didn't record a swing-and-miss until his 79th pitch, a fastball to Nate Schierholtz in the fourth inning. Schierholtz was the only player to swing-and-miss against Hunter, and he did it twice (also on curveball in fourth). Giants hitters fouled off 20 of their 38 swings against Hunter (53 pct), well above his season average of 43 percent. - Hunter's biggest mistake was a hanging cutter inside to Aubrey Huff, which he deposited to right field for a home run. Hunter has now allowed four extra-base hits on his cutter in three postseason starts. He allowed just six during 22 regular season starts.
    How Madison Bumgarner dominated the Rangers: - Bumgarner consistently got ahead of Rangers hitters. He threw first-pitch strikes to 21 of 27 batters faced (78 pct), his highest percentage in a start this season. Only one hitter put the ball in play on the first pitch, meaning he went to a 0-1 count to 20 batters faced. Only 15 of his 106 pitches (14 pct) were thrown when he was behind in the count, the fewest percentage he's thrown in a start. - Beginning with four fastballs - averaging 94 MPH - to Josh Hamilton in the first, Bumgarner set the tone that he was going to attack Rangers hitters. He threw 32 pitches inside to righties, his most since August 9. Seventeen of those were fastballs - 12 for strikes - and the Rangers, surprised at the location, struggled to get the bat off their shoulders. Nine of those 12 strikes were called (75 pct), well above Bumgarner's season average of 38 percent. - When he wasn't coming inside to righties, Bumgarner was keeping the ball down, especially with his off-speed stuff. He threw a season-high 36 non-fastballs down in the zone, recording seven outs, second-most in a start this season. - Bumgarner threw a season-high 25 changeups, smashing his previous high of 18. He used the pitch most often early in the count, to keep hitters looking for fastball off balance. He threw six changeups on the first pitch (five for strikes), and seven changeups on 0-1 (four for strikes). Overall, hitters finished 1-for-8 against his changeup, the seven outs being the most he's recorded on the pitch all year.
    Edgar Renteria had his 2nd career 3-hit game in the World Series. He is the 4th NL shortstop with multiple games of at least 3 hits in the World Series.
    Buster Posey became the fourth catcher to hit a home run from the cleanup spot in an AL park in the last 40 years. Gary Carter was the last to do it in 1986 at Fenway Park.
    Buster Posey hit the 7th home run in World Series history by a catcher batting cleanup. He's the 5th overall NL catcher to do it, as Johnny Bench and Roy Campanella each hit 2 such homers:
    The Giants are the 5th team in the last 35 years to throw a shutout while allowing only 3 or fewer singles (and no extra-base hits) in a World Series game. Each of the 5 teams are NL teams, and they all went on to win the World Series:
    Madison Bumgarner became the youngest left-hander in history to throw at least eight scoreless innings in a World Series start.
    Buster Posey becomes the 7th catcher in World Series history to hit a home run while catching a shutout:
    The Giants now have 4 shutouts this postseason. That ties the 1998 Yankees and 1905 New York Giants for the most in a single postseason in major-league history.
    Madison Bumgarner is the 2nd-youngest pitcher to pitch at least 8 scoreless innings in any postseason game.

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