Monday, November 1, 2010

The Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey Show

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Game 4: San Francisco Giants 4 - Texas Rangers 0
Giants lead series, 3-1

It was an all-rookie Halloween nightmare for the Texas Rangers.

Rookies Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey put on a performance for the ages.

Bumgarner: 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR, 0.00 ERA
Posey: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI

Posey, who became the first rookie catcher ever to bat in the cleanup spot in a World Series game, hit a clutch home run in the 8th inning and called a masterful game for Bumgarner behind the plate.

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In fact, the Bumgarner-Posey rookie-combo was the stuff for the record books.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau--

Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey were the first all-rookie starting battery in a World Series game since Spec Shea and Yogi Berra started for the Yankees in Game 1 of the 1947 World Series. Shea defeated Ralph Branca and the Brooklyn Dodgers on that day in the first of Berra's major league-record 75 World Series games.

Also--

Bumgarner pitched eight innings in the Giants' 4-0 victory over the Rangers. He was the first rookie to start a World Series game and not allow a run since Les Straker of the Twins went six innings without earning a decision against the Cardinals in 1987. The last rookie starter not to allow a run while winning a World Series game was Gary Gentry for the Mets in 1969. And the last to pitch at least eight innings in doing so was Gene Bearden of the Indians in 1948 (a five-hit shutout of the Brooklyn Dodgers).

Posey became only the fourth rookie catcher ever to hit a home run in a World Series game. The others were Wally Schang (1913 Philadelphia A's), Bill DeLancey (1934 Cardinals), and Rod Barajas (2001 Diamondbacks).

I guess we can say, "THE KIDS DID ALRIGHT!"

Great stuff.

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