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Bumgarner’s Virtuoso Performance Crush Mets

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Flushing NY – Madison Bumgarner will probably go down as one of the all-time postseason great pitchers and the New York Mets will not argue the point. The San Francisco Giants left-hander threw another complete game NL Wild Card game shutout Wednesday night at Citi Field and the Mets season came to an abrupt end.

Bumgarner was the a master on the mound. A three-run home run from Conor Gillaspie in the ninth inning off Mets closer Jeurys Familia was the difference that paved the way for the Giants to a 3-0 win over the Mets and a meeting Friday with the Chicago Cubs in the best-of-five National League Divisional Series.

The story was Bumgarner who has won each of the last three National League Wild Card games with a 9.0 inning shutout. The Mets could not get to the Giants ace and were shutout for the sixth time in a postseason game.

“I’ve played this game enough to know that anything can happen especially this time of year,” he said as the Giants celebrated their ninth straight elimination game in the postseason. “I’m not going to take anything for granted and expect anything to come easily.”

However it is Bumgarner making it easier for the Giants. And with another even year on the calendar, the momentum makes them confident about winning another World Series as a wild card team. The Giants have won two world championships in the last four years, 2012 and 2014.

Bumgarner with a 1.94 ERA in the postseason is the third lowest in Major League history. He struck out nine and walked two and has not allowed a run in his last 23.0 postseason games.

“It’s hard to put in words what he did for us tonight and what he’s done for us,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. “They were swinging early and and allowed us to have him there in the ninth inning.” Bumgarner was efficient and set the tone early by setting down five of the first six Mets on fly ball and pop up outs.

“One of the things he did early, as you saw, we looked in the third inning and he has 20 pitches,” said Mets manager Terry Collins about the wayf Bumgarner worked his pitches. “You know, we went up there swinging and we didn’t get anything good to hit because he’s that good.”

Bumgarner also improved his road postseason ERA to 0.50 in eight appearances.

“He’s not afraid to go out there and contribute,” said the Giants’ Angel Pagan about Bumgarner. “He gave us a chance to win.” Pagan was 1-for-4 and struck out three times, two of his strikeouts came against Mets losing pitcher Noah Syndergaard who struck out 11. Syndergaard, with 36 career postseason strikeouts are fourth most all-time in Mets history.

Regarding the upcoming series with the Cubs, the team that finished with the best record in baseball, Pagan said, “It’s going to be a very interesting series.”

For the Mets, it was their second straight postseason appearance. But they came up short again after losing in game 5 to the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field last November. Still the season was a success, and it had to be for Collins after the adversity of injuries and taking the top wild card spot in the National League.

“To get here it took a lot of character,” Collins said. “Boy, I tell you, and we’re disappointed. But we’ll be able to get healthy and we’ll be back.”

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