Madison Bumgarner’s Game 5 Shutout Cements All-Time-Great Postseason
After beginning the postseason as one of the more underappreciated aces in baseball, Madison Bumgarner is now the foremost ace on everyone’s mind.
Authoring one of the greatest postseasons in baseball history will do that for you. And make no mistake: The San Francisco Giants’ 25-year-old southpaw has done just that.
For his latest feat, Bumgarner silenced the Kansas City Royals in Game 5 of the World Series with a four-hit shutout Sunday night at AT&T Park. A three-RBI night from Brandon Crawford and a two-run double by Juan Perez took care of the offense, and the Giants grabbed a 3-2 series lead with a 5-0 win.
As for Bumgarner, well, it’s getting silly.
He was fantastic on his way to the World Series, and he’s a big reason the Giants are now just one win away from their third championship in five years. He began by tossing seven one-run innings in a 7-1 victory in Game 1, and his Game 5 shutout was the first in the World Series since Josh Beckett’s series-clincher in Game 6 of the 2003 Fall Classic.
Bumgarner might not be done yet. He won’t start in Game 6 or, if necessary, Game 7 in Kansas City. But if the series does go to a Game 7, we could see him come out of the bullpen and attempt to add to what he’s done this postseason.
But then again, Bumgarner doesn’t need to add to his postseason to make it one for the books. Speaking to Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe, Giants skipper Bruce Bochy had the right idea:
Yes, Bruce. It is historic.
Man, is it historic. Really, we should talk about how historic it is.