Rookies Bumgarner and Posey Rule

Posted by Zotta Rendevouz

Giants rookie lefthander Madison Bumgarner threw eight shutout innings and relied on two home runs and a double to beat the Texas Rangers 4-0 in Game Four of the 2010 World Series. Bumganrer gave up only three hits and struck out six while walking only one batter - Elivs Andrus, the very first batter of the game. Brian Wilson pitched the ninth inning and struck out two to finish off the Rangers. The Rangers only had one runner reach second base all night, as Josh Hamilton reached on an error in the seventh inning and went to second on a Nelson Cruz single to center field. Bumgarner got Ian Kinsler to fly out to short left field to end what was the Rangers only threat of the night.

The Giants scored their four runs on a two run home run to right field by DH Aubrey Huff in the thrid inning, a two out double by Andres Torres in the seventh inning and a solo hme run to center field by rookie catcher Buster Posey.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy made a slight gamble with his lineup tonight, as he started a defensive oriented team, putting Travis Ishikawa at first base and Nate Schierholz in right field. Thanks to the extra base hits by Huff, Torres and Posey - and Bumgarner's dominance on the mound - this strategy worked. The rest of the Giants defense was solid when needed - Cody Ross made a sliding catch in left field in the fifth inning to rob Ian Kinsler of a hit and second baseman Freddy Sanchez was superb all night. The only defensive flaw was an error by Jose Uribe in the seventh inning on a slow grounder by Josh Hamilton.

This was only the second time that Texas was shut out at home this season, as Dallas Braden of Oakland did the trick on August 28th when he threw a four hit complete game in a 5-0 A's victory.. However, it was the second time in this series that they have been blanked, as they were shut out 9-0 in Game Two by Matt Cain, who would pitch Game Six (if necessary).

Tomorrow night's matchup of Cliff Lee versus Tim Lincecum, a reprise of Game One, will either decide the series in San Francisco's favor or send it back to AT&T Park for a Game Six.