G5 FYI: Bumgarner throws first WS shutout in 11 years

G5 FYI: Bumgarner throws first WS shutout in 11 years

Madison Bumgarner continued his historic postseason dominance Sunday night, leading the Giants to a 5-0 victory at AT&T Park in the pivotal Game 5 of the 2014 World Series.

Here are some interesting facts and figures to come out of Game 5, including just how special Bumgarner's Game 5 shutout was and where exactly his postseason numbers rank among the all-time best.

  Date     Recaps Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 21     SF 7, KC 1 video
Gm 2 Oct. 22     KC 7, SF 2 video
Gm 3 Oct. 24     KC 3, SF 2 video
Gm 4 Oct. 25     SF 11, KC 4 video
Gm 5 Oct. 26     SF 5, KC 0 video
Gm 6 Oct. 28     KC 10, SF 0 video
Gm 7 Oct. 29     SF 3, KC 2 video

• Bumgarner became the first pitcher in World Series history to fire a shutout while striking out at least eight batters and walking zero. The previous record for strikeouts in a World Series shutout was seven, set by Don Larsen in his perfect game in 1956. Sunday's game was the first World Series complete-game shutout since Josh Beckett's Series-clinching shutout for the Marlins in Game 6 vs. the Yankees in 2003. Bumgarner's outing earned a game score of 87, tied for the second highest in a World Series start since the Cardinals' Bob Gibson had a game score of 93 on his 17-strikeout shutout in Game 1 of the 1968 World Series vs. the Tigers. Randy Johnson's shutout for the D-backs in Game 2 of the 2001 World Series vs. the Yanks earned a game score of 91. 

• The gem was also Bumgarner's second shutout this October, making him just the ninth pitcher all-time -- and the first since Beckett in 2003 -- with multiple shutouts in a single postseason. The New York Giants' Christy Mathewson is the only pitcher to ever spin three shutouts in one postseason, while Bumgarner joins Beckett, the Dodgers' Orel Hershiser, Johnson, the Boston Americans' Bill Dinneen, the Milwaukee Braves' Lew Burdette, the Dodgers' Sandy Koufax and the Yankees' Whitey Ford with two.

• The Royals have hit just .127 against Bumgarner. They have gone 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. 

• Bumgarner improved to 4-0 with a 0.29 ERA over his four career World Series starts. The 0.29 ERA is the best among any pitcher with at least two World Series starts, and he is the first pitcher to win each of his first four Fall Classic starts since Burdette turned the trick from 1957-58.

• Bumgarner is also yet to allow more than one run in any of those four World Series outings. He and Mathewson are the only two pitchers in Major League history to accomplish that feat in each of their first four World Series starts.

MadBum on his shutout

• Bumgarner's nine innings Sunday night pushed his total this postseason to 47 2/3 innings, the second most in a single postseason. Curt Schilling threw 48 1/3 in the D-backs' 2001 title season.

• As for the Royals, despite falling behind 3-2 in the Series, they are far from out of it. In fact, eight out of the last 10 teams to return home down 3-2 in the World Series have rallied to win it all. Overall, teams returning home down 3-2 are 13-16, under the current World Series format.

• Game 5 marked the third straight contest in which neither team hit a home run. This is the first time since Games 1 through 3 of the 1948 World Series (Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Braves) that neither team has left the yard in three straight World Series games.

• The two clubs have combined to hit just four home runs overall this Series, which would match the lowest total since 1985 when the Royals and Cardinals also combined to hit only four. The fewest combined homers in any World Series since that four-homer 1985 Fall Classic is six, which has happened seven times, including in last year's matchup between the Red Sox and Cards.

• The lack of homers, however, shouldn't come as much of a surprise. After all, only 107 home runs were served up at the Giants' AT&T Park during the regular season, while Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium was home to just 102 long balls. Only Marlins Park (104) and the Padres' Petco Park (101) had fewer balls clear the fence than either of the stadiums featured in this World Series.

• Scoring first continued to play a key role Sunday night, as the Giants improved to 7-1 this postseason when striking first. The Royals, meanwhile, are 6-0 when scoring first this postseason.

• Giant first baseman Brandon Belt picked up his first career bunt base hit when he dropped one down and beat it out in the second inning of Game 5. It was only the third bunt ever put in play by Belt, who dropped down a sacrifice bunt in 2013 and grounded out trying for a bunt hit earlier this season on July 6.

Belt's bunt single

• Giants outfielder Juan Perez, who was just 1-for-18 (.056) with runners in scoring position during the regular season, delivered a clutch two-run double in the eighth inning to help pad the Giants' lead.

Perez's two-run double

• This is the third time the Giants have held a 3-2 lead in the World Series. In each of the previous two instances -- 2002 against the Angels and 1924 against the Washington Senators -- the Giants went on to lose in seven games.

• As for the Royals, they won their only title in franchise history in 1985 by winning back-to-back games after returning home down 3-2 to the Cardinals.

Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.