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World Series Game 4 Giant Ingredient: Battery of Rookies

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How
many young pitchers have started in a World Series game? There were only
three before Game 4 of this season, all 20-year old in age Then there came Madison
Bumgarner, a 21-year old lefty. Yes, Game 4 was a battery of rookies
with Buster Posey catching.

Baseball
is Baseball. Rookie or not, a player has to go out there and play his
role. And Bumgarner did his impressively. He carried himself with ease
that he could be mistaken as a veteran, of which he would remind you of
Andy Pettitte.

He may have walked the first batter without throwing a
strike but it was 3-up, 3-down first inning, thanks to the double play.
Ian Kinsler was the only other batter that he walked. No one even
stepped on second base except for Michael Young, simply because of Juan Uribe’s
error in the seventh inning.

Josh Hamilton tried to steal second base, but Buster
Posey was such a thief buster. Hamilton was the third out of the
fourth inning.

As dominating like an ace Bumgarner may be, he
still needed the help of his defense, which really stepped up for some
dazzling favour. There were the double plays, Freddy Sanchez’ impressive
stop in the second inning, and Cody Ross’ diving catch in the fifth
inning.

The
Giants offense were also good though not so productive. Two Giants hit
their first post-season home runs, a 2-run homer by Aubrey Huff in the
third inning and a solo shot by Buster Posey in the eight. The other run
was generated by Edgar Renteria, thanks to his quick jump to steal second base.
Andres Torres, who got the RBI, went for double.

Madison Bumgarner left the game on 8IP
with just 3 hits, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts, three of which were to Vladimir
Guerrero, and definitely no run. By the way, Bumgarner’s post-season
ERA is still frozen at 0.00. Brian Wilson, the ever reliable Giant
closer, stepped on the mound in the ninth inning to seal the game in his
3-up, 3-down performance with two strikeouts. His post-season ERA is
also frozen at 0.00.

Game
4 was definitely in the books, from the ceremonial first pitch to game
proper, which had a lot to offer including the second World Series
shutout of the Giants, their fourth in the post-season.

Among
the great moments of the World Series Game 4, my favourite would always
be what the Giants gave the world – a rookie starter with the spirit of
a post-season veteran.

Forget the chill in the Big Apple. The mound is on fire with the Big C.

If everyone in the Yankees Stadium was cold, CC
Sabathia was hot in the mound.

The Yankees’ starter dominated 8 innings with 7 strikeouts, 4 hits and just 1 run.
CC did give up a walk to Kendry Morales in the seventh inning but no damage done.

Mark.jpgIn the top of the sixth, Sabathia had a 3 up, 3 down with the help of amazing
defensive performances from Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira,
respectively. Damon almost dived to catch Bobby Abreau’s line out hit
to
the left field. The next batter was Torii Hunter whose bunt grounded
out to Sabathia to Teixeira. The Yankees’ first baseman’s legs were in
full extension in almost a split as he caught the ball in the
first base. With two batters already out, Sabathia struck out the third
batter, Vladimir Guerrero, on one ball count.


One of CC’s amazing strikeouts was to Mike Napoli in the seventh
inning. The anticipated strike out earned a loud cheer from the crowd and a big “Yeah!” from CC himself. Napoli was the second batter
Sabathia struck out in the inning. The first was Juan Rivera.

Sabathia still pitched in the eighth. Erick Aybar and Chone Figgins,
the two Angels that gave the Yankees a run on Matsui’s pop out in the
bottom of the first, both grounded out. Next to bat was Bobby Abreu who
hit a fly out to left field.

CC
allowed only one run earned from Kendry Morales’ line drive base hit
that advanced Vladimir Guerrero, who hit a double RBI, to the home
plate. Sabathia left the mound with 1.13 ERA.

The
Yankees were able to have 4 runs from Jeter, Damon and Cabrera. Damon
scored twice. A-Rod attempted to make a run in the bottom of the fifth,
but he was called out at the plate as he collided with catcher Jeff
Mathis.

In the top of the ninth inning, Mariano Rivera was called from the bullpen to
close the game. His first pitched was to Torii Hunter who earned a walk on
one strike count. Next to bat was Vladimir Guerrero who struck out on
Mo’s 91 MPH cutter. The last two batters, who had to hit nothing but
the Sandman’s cutter, flied out to right field and centre field, respectively.

Mariano Rivera sealed the ALCS Game 1 with the Yankees leading, 4-1, against the Angels.

Also posted in Bleacher Report.