Gil­laspie knocks out N.Y.

3-run HR in ninth is all Bum­gar­ner needs in shutout

Baltimore Sun - - MLB & ORIOLES - By Mike Fitz­patrick

NEW YORK — No­body takes to Oc­to­ber like Madi­son Bum­gar­ner and the San Fran­cisco Giants.

Bum­gar­ner pitched a four-hit­ter for his lat­est post­sea­son gem, out­last­ing Noah Syn­der­gaard in a clas­sic duel be­tween aces, and in­jury sub­sti­tute Conor Gil­laspie hit a three-run homer in the ninth in­ning that sent San Fran­cisco to a 3-0 vic­tory over the New York Mets in the NL wild-card game Wed­nes­day night.

Gil­laspie con­nected off All-Star closer Jeurys Fa­milia, who led the ma­jors this year with a club-record 51 saves while al­low­ing only one home run.

With their ninth straight win when fac­ing post­sea­son elim­i­na­tion, man­ager Bruce Bochy and the Giants ad­vanced to face the NL Cen­tral cham­pion Cubs in a best-of-five Di­vi­sion Series. Game 1 is Fri­day night at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

The good news for the Cubs as they at­tempt to end a cham­pi­onship drought that dates to 1908 is that Bum­gar­ner prob­a­bly won’t start un­til Game 3 — and would only be avail­able once on full rest.

That’s be­cause the big left-han­der has been un­touch­able un­der pres­sure.

The last time Bum­gar­ner was on the mound in the post­sea­son, he saved Game 7 of the 2014 World Series in Kansas City with five score­less in­nings on two days’ rest to cap one of the great­est play­off per­for­mances in base­ball his­tory.

In­clud­ing his four-hit shutout at Pitts­burgh in the 2014 wild-card game, he has tossed 23 straight score­less in­nings in win­ner-take-all Conor Gil­laspie rounds the bases af­ter his three-run homer off All-Star closer Jeurys Fa­milia in the top of the ninth. DODGERS VS. NA­TION­ALS Game 1: 5:38 p.m. Fri­day Dodgers (Ker­shaw 12-4) at Na­tion­als (Scherzer 20-7), FS1 Game 2: 4:08 p.m. Satur­day Dodgers (Hill 12-5) at Na­tion­als (un­de­cided), FS1 Game 3: TBA Mon­day Na­tion­als (un­de­cided) at Dodgers (Maeda 16-10), FS1 or MLB Game 4: TBA Tues­day* Na­tion­als at Dodgers, FS1 Game 5: TBA Oct. 13* Dodgers at Na­tion­als, FS1 x-if nec­es­sary games.

Now, the Giants have a chance to ex­tend their pat­tern of even-year cham­pi­onships af­ter win­ning World Series crowns in 2010, 12` and 14.`

In a matchup be­tween the past two NL champions, Syn­der­gaard went seven in­nings. Bran­don Craw­ford dou­bled lead­ing off the ninth against Fa­milia. An­gel Pa­gan struck out af­ter fail- GIANTS VS. CUBS Game 1: 9:15 p.m. Fri­day Giants (Cueto 18-5) at Cubs (Lester 19-5), FS1 Game 2: 8:08 p.m. Satur­day Giants (Sa­mardz­ija 12-11) at Cubs (Hen­dricks 16-8), MLB Game 3: TBA Mon­day Cubs (Ar­ri­eta 18-8) at Giants (Bum­gar­ner 15-9), FS1 or MLB Game 4: TBA Tues­day* Cubs (Lackey 11-8) at Giants (Moore 13-12), FS1 Game 5: TBA Oct. 13* Giants at Cubs, FS1 x-if nec­es­sary ing to get a bunt down, and Joe Panik walked.

Gil­laspie, start­ing at third base for in­jured All-Star Ed­uardo Nunez, drove a 1-1 pitch over the fence in right field and pumped his arm as he rounded first.

Bum­gar­ner closed with a 1-2-3 ninth against the 3-4-5 hit­ters and smacked his glove in tri­umph when rookie T.J. Rivera flied out to end it.

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