Giants defeat Pirates
|Game||Date||Winning Team||Losing Team|
|1||Oct. 1||SF 8||PIT 0|
Managers: Bochy, Bruce, SF; Hurdle, Clint, PIT
Path to the NL Wild Card: San Francisco (88-74) finished six games behind Los Angeles in the NL West; Pittsburgh (88-74) finished two games behind St. Louis in the NL Central.
The Pirates had home-field advantage against the Giants by virtue of their 4-2 season head-to-head record, and that meant a second consecutive NL Wild Card Game at PNC Park. However, it was in stark contrast to the 2013 game, in which Pirates fans celebrated their return to the postseason, after a 21-year absence, in grand style against Cincinnati.
Madison Bumgarner began what would become an October showcase, ultimately ending with a World Series MVP Award. The Giants' left-hander threw a four-hit shutout, striking out 10 Pirates and walking one. Reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen was Bumgarner's final out three times, including once in the eighth inning with two on, and Pittsburgh's only four hits were all singles.
Pirates ace Gerrit Cole had been used up in the final regular season game, in an unsuccessful bid to win the NL Central title. So he was unavailable in this game, and starter Edinson Volquez - one of six Pittsburgh pitchers - allowed five earned runs over five innings.
The big blow was in the fourth inning by Brandon Crawford, who hit the first postseason grand slam by a shortstop -- the last position without one -- giving Bumgarner more than enough support. The Giants advanced undaunted to face the NL East champion Washington Nationals in the NLDS.