Nobody takes to October like
Bumgarner pitched a four-hitter for his latest postseason gem, outlasting Noah Syndergaard in a classic duel between aces, and injury substitute
Gillaspie connected off All-Star closer
With their ninth consecutive victory when facing postseason elimination, manager
The good news for the Cubs as they attempt to end a championship drought that dates to 1908 is that Bumgarner probably won't start until Game 3 — and would only be available once on full rest.
That's because the big left-hander has been untouchable under pressure.
The last time Bumgarner was on the mound in the postseason, he saved Game 7 of the 2014
Including his four-hit shutout at Pittsburgh in the 2014 wild-card game, he has tossed 23 straight scoreless innings in winner-take-all games.
Now, the Giants have a chance to extend their pattern of even-year championships after winning World Series crowns in 2010, `12 and `14.
In a matchup between the past two NL champions, Syndergaard went seven innings.
Gillaspie, starting at third base for injured All-Star
Bumgarner closed with a 1-2-3 ninth against the 3-4-5 hitters and smacked his glove in triumph when rookie T.J. Rivera flied out to end it.
With his sizzling fastball clocking 99 mph and long, blond locks dangling down his neck, Syndergaard held San Francisco hitless until
Eager to take advantage of Syndergaard's slow delivery, Span stole second before
He held onto the ball, however, and was shaken up a bit before getting to his feet and jogging off the field as teammates waited to high-five him and fans chanted "Grandy! Grandy!" Syndergaard raised his arm, while Belt tossed his helmet in frustration between first and second.
Syndergaard struck out 10 in seven innings of two-hit ball and fired 42 pitches at least 98 mph — more than the Phillies (41) and Indians (35) threw all year, according to a tweet from Inside Edge.
And while Syndergaard simply overpowered the Giants at times, Bumgarner kept the Mets off balance by mixing pinpoint pitches and changing speeds from around 93-77 mph.
New York came out swinging after manager
The big lefty was able to get quick outs early and easily went deep into the game. He needed only seven pitches to get through each of the first three innings, with the help of a double play.