At this moment, everything seems to be working in the favor of Giants. Their hitting as well as the fielding was good, but their pitching has been nothing less than brilliant. Sunday night saw Giants beat Rangers 4-0 in Game 4 to go 3-1 up in the series. Just one more win similar to this and they will be crowned champions.
The hero of the entire show was Giants’ 21-year old Madison Bumgarner who allowed just 3 hits over eight innings. He became the youngest left-hander in the history to throw at least eight scoreless innings in a World Series start. Giants’ outfielder Nate Schierholtz said that it was hard to believe that he was just 21. He further added that he has got all the moves and he has no fear. The Giants displayed a complete game and are just a game away from their first championship since 1954. Only six teams have succeeded to overcome 3-1 deficit; the last time it was done was in 1985 by Kansas City.
Brian Wilson and Bumgarner helped Giants to post two shutouts in a World Series since 1966 when Baltimore threw 3 straight to close out Dodgers. In the third inning, Huff hit a two-run homer which gave them a 2-0 lead, with Posey adding a solo shot in the eighth inning. Edgar Renteria got three hits whereas Andres Torres doubled twice, singled and drove in a run. Left fielder Cody Ross held on to a shoestring catch, the baseman at second Freddy Sanchez made a leaping grab and Posey threw out Josh Hamilton who was trying to steal.
Bumgarner was really outstanding on the day by restricting the runners beyond the first base until the seventh inning. He said that he talks to himself, takes some deep breaths and tries to stay calm and relaxed. Wilson closed it with a hitless ninth inning.
Game 5 being in Texas, it will be the last chance for the Rangers to pull out something magical given that Giants have completely outplayed Rangers in the Series. However, if this magic doesn’t appear, there will be party time in San Francisco. It has been a really long wait for the Giants’. Meanwhile just a small tip for Giants - Put the champagne on the ice.