Winner take all and the big man was on the mound for the Giants. Madison Bumgarner is already the stuff of post season legends. Years, decades from now, baseball fans won't believe it until they look it up. How could the guy improve upon 2014? 119 pitches, 9 innings, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts, 4 hits, 0 runs. In the wild card game to move the Giants into the playoffs. You may remember 2014, Madison Bumgarner took the hill in the must-win wild card game and gave up 4 hits, struck out 10 and shut out the Pittsburg Pirates by throwing 9 innings as Sergio Romo warmed up in the bullpen but saw no action. That 88 win Giants team went on to.......well, you know.
Remember Travis Ishikawa? Tonight, he made a spiritual re-appearance in the body of Conor Gillaspie, another former Giant returned to the promised land as a hero. A ninth inning 3 run home run, off of Jeurys Familia, who had given up 1 home run this year. Unbelievable.
A word about Noah Syndergaard. The guy is a stud. He pretty much befuddled the Giants, or blew them away, however you choose to define it, for 7 innings. Why take that guy out in this win-or-go-home situation? The Mets have (had) good relief but, as soon as they got into their pen and Madbum was going strong, you had to believe that the Giants had an advantage. I just hope he's not thor about the outcome.
The Giants have good hitters, now that they have finally (knock on wood) woken up. They have better starting pitchers, in my estimation,than they did in 2014, but probably not as reliable of a bullpen. They have Bochy. And tonight at least, they had that Giant post-season magic. Fuck yeah!