Giants shut out Mets; Cubs next
NEW YORK — San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner pitched a complete-game shutout and Conor Gillaspie hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning to give the Giants a 3-0 win at the New York Mets on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) in the National League wildcard game.
The Giants — who are trying to continue the pattern of winning the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014 — advanced to an NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs starting Friday while the Mets, last year’s NL winner, were eliminated.
Bumgarner has pitched 23 consecutive scoreless innings in winner-take-all postseason games — all on the road — including a shutout at Pittsburgh in the 2014 wild-card game and five innings of relief at Kansas City to save Game 7 of the 2014 World Series.
Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard didn’t allow a hit until two outs in the sixth and gave up no runs in seven innings. Reliever Addison Reed escaped bases-loaded trouble in the eighth.
In the ninth, New York closer Jeurys Familia took the mound. Brandon Crawford doubled leading off, and Familia walked Joe Panik with one out before Gillaspie hit his homer beyond right-center field.