Madison Bumgarner pitched a complete-game 4-hit shutout as the Giants eliminated the Mets in the NL wild card game, 3-0. They now face the Cubs.
Conor Gillaspie’s 3-run HR in the top of the ninth off of Jeurys Familia was the whole game.
Curtis Granderson did save a run for the Mets with a great catch, but in the end, it all went for naught.
Noah Syndergaard pitched great for the Mets, 7 shutout innings, 2 hits, 10 K, but unlike Bumgarner, was pulled and didn’t pitch the complete game. It proved fatal for the Mets.
Bumgarner is now 8-3, 1.94 in postseason play. A postseason beast.
Meanwhile, Buck Showalter is getting blasted for not using his closer in the extra inning loss that the Orioles had up in Toronto the other night. He did the same mistake that Joe Torre did in Game 4 of the 2003 WS, which is saving your closer for a save on the road. Meanwhile your team never gives you a lead to save and some lesser pitcher loses the game for you while your best is in the bullpen. In extra innings, sometimes you need your best to preserve the tie and prevent a walkoff win.
ALDS series start today. Toronto at Texas, Boston at Cleveland.
A couple of Yankees moves. The Angels claimed Blake Parker and Kirby Yates off of waivers. Parker was 1-0, 4.96 after coming over from Seattle this year.
Yates was 2-1, 5.23.
Anthony Swarzak, who was 1-2, 5.52, refused assignment to SWB and became a free agent.
CC Sabathia will have routine knee surgery to clean it out.