Roger Schlueter

MLB Notebook: MadBum on historic postseason run

Giants ace posts second shutout in sixth playoff start of 2014

MLB Notebook: MadBum on historic postseason run

For Curt Schilling, his remarkable 2001 postseason performance began with a majestic overture when he limited the Cardinals to three hits and no runs in a complete-game effort in Game 1 of the National League Division Series. A second complete game (in which he surrendered one run) followed in the series clincher, and then, in his only NL Championship Series start, the D-backs right-hander fanned 12 Braves on his way to yet another complete game: a four-hit, one-run gem in Game 3. As it turned out, Schilling was halfway home, as he went on to make three more starts in the Fall Classic -- a series of outings that concluded with 21 1/3 innings, four runs, and 26 strikeouts against two walks. For pitchers given the opportunity to strut their stuff across three (or more) postseason rounds, Schilling's body of work in 2001 has few parallels. Perhaps the best connection now comes in the form of Giants southpaw Madison Bumgarner.

Making his sixth start of the 2014 postseason, Bumgarner threw a four-hit shutout with eight strikeouts and no walks, pitching the Giants to a 5-0 win. With the victory, San Francisco took a three-games-to-two advantage over the Royals in the series.

• Bumgarner is the 12th Giants pitcher to throw a World Series shutout.

• He is the first since Jack Sanford hurled a three-hitter in Game 2 in 1962.

• At 25 years and 86 days old, Bumgarner is the fourth youngest Giants pitcher ever to hurl a World Series shutout. In 1905, Christy Mathewson was 25 years and 58 days old for his Game 1 shutout, 25 years and 61 days for his Game 3 gem, and 25 years and 63 days old for his Game 5 shutout that clinched the series.

• With his eight strikeouts and no walks complementing the four hits, Bumgarner's line produced a Game Score of 87-- the highest ever for a Giants pitcher in a World Series contest. Mathewson owned the previous high: an 86 coming from his four-hit shutout with eight strikeouts and one walk in Game 3 in 1905.

• Bumgarner is the 46th pitcher in World Series history to hurl a shutout on four-or-fewer hits, and the first since the D-backs' Randy Johnson in Game 2 in 2001. Among these 46, Bumgarner is the sixth to not issue any walks.

• Bumgarner's Game Score of 87 stands in a tie for the 19th highest in World Series history, and it is the highest since Johnson produced a 91 (three-hit shutout with 11 K's and one walk) in Game 2 in 2001.

• Before Bumgarner, the last pitcher to hurl a shutout in a Game 5 while the series was tied at two games apiece was the Pirates' Nelson Briles in 1971. In that affair, Briles produced a two-hitter with two walks and two K's and Pittsburgh topped Baltimore, 4-0.

• This gem in the World Series marked Bumgarner's second four-hit shutout of the 2014 postseason, with the first coming in the NL Wild Card Game.

Success multiplied
Bumgarner is the ninth pitcher in history to have multiple shutouts in a single postseason, and the first to do so since Josh Beckett in 2003. The others: Mathewson in 1905 (three), Bill Dinneen in 1903 (two), Lew Burdette in 1957 (two), Whitey Ford in 1960 (two), Sandy Koufax in 1965 (two), Orel Hershiser in 1988 (two), and Johnson in 2001 (two);

• Bumgarner is the fifth pitcher to have multiple shutouts with four or fewer hits in a single postseason, joining these others with two: Dinneen, Mathewson, Koufax, and Johnson.

•  This gem in Game 5 marked Bumgarner's sixth start of the 2014 playoffs. He is the third pitcher in postseason history to have six starts in a single postseason, following Schilling in 2001 and the Cardinals' Chris Carpenter in 2011.

• In four career World Series starts, Bumgarner has allowed three hits in eight scoreless innings (Game 4, 2010), surrendered two hits in seven scoreless innings (Game 2, 2012), allowed one run on three hits in seven innings (Game 1, 2014), and allowed four hits in a shutout (Game 5, 2014). 

He is:

•  The second pitcher in World Series history to have four straight appearances featuring at least seven innings and no more than one run allowed. Mathewson had three straight in 1905 and then added his fourth in 1911.

•  The second pitcher in World Series history to have four straight efforts featuring at least seven innings and no more than four hits allowed. Roger Clemens -- from 1986-2001-- had four in a row.

•  The first pitcher in World Series history to produce four straight efforts with at least seven innings, no more than one run allowed, and no more than four hits allowed. Clemens (1999-2001) had three in a row.

Giants' offense doing its part
Pablo Sandoval put together his seventh multihit game of the 2014 postseason, with a two-single, two-run line. He is the fifth Giants player to have at least seven in a single year, joining Marco Scutaro (eight in 2012), David Bell (seven in 2002), Kenny Lofton (seven in 2002), and himself (seven in 2012);

Hunter Pence (2-for-4, two runs scored) enjoyed his third multihit, multirun effort of this World Series. He is the seventh player ever to have at least three in one Fall Classic.

• Babe Ruth (4) in 1928: his Yankees swept the Cardinals in four games.
• Lou Gehrig (4) in 1932: his Yankees swept the Cubs in four games.
• Paul Molitor (4) in 1993: his Blue Jays defeated the Phillies in six games.
• Moose Skowron (3) in 1960: his Yankees lost to the Pirates in seven games.
• Lou Brock (3) in 1967: his Cardinals defeated the Red Sox in seven games.
• Reggie Jackson (3) in 1977: his Yankees defeated the Dodgers in six games.
• Pence (3) in 2014: his Giants are holding a three-games-to-two lead over the Royals.

Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain each had a hit for the Royals in this loss. Hosmer has 18 hits in the 2014 postseason, while Cain has 17. 

• In this World Series, no team has homered since Game 2. The three straight homerless affairs represent the longest streak in the World Series since the Braves and Indians went three straight in 1948 (Games 1-3).

Roger Schlueter is senior researcher for MLB Productions. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.