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Don’t Sleep On The San Francisco Giants

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We are only 2 games into the 2016 playoffs and it is already a postseason to remember. On Wednesday night in the top of the 9th inning with a 0-0 score, Conor Gillaspie stepped up to the plate with 1 out and runners on first and second. On a 1-1 count the New York Mets closing pitcher Jeurys Familia threw a 96 MPH sinker that missed its spot and floated high. Conor Gillaspie didn’t miss, the ball sailed over the right field fence, giving the Giants a 3-0 leading heading into the bottom of the 9th.

How did we get here? Wednesday night’s clash of the aces went exactly as it was billed. Starting pitchers Madison Bumgarner and Noah Syndergaard pitched marvelous games, Syndergaard went 7 innings, giving up only 2 hits and 3 walks with 10 strikeouts while Bumgarner went 9 innings, allowing only 4 hits and 2 walks with 6 strikeouts in a performance that earned him a complete game shutout.

Noah Syndergaard had a no-hitter going into the 6th inning until Giants center fielder Denard Span hit a ground ball through the infield with 2 outs in the top of the 6th. Syndergaard would only give up 1 other hit, an infield single to Ángel Pagán in the top of the 7th. A lot of Syndergaard’s success was due to his ability to miss bats, he had 20 swings and misses in his 7 innings pitched.

The difference in this matchup was efficiency. Syndergaard threw 108 pitches in 7 innings while Bumgarner finished the complete game with only 119 pitches. Syndergaard 10 strikeout performance is tied for 4th place in Mets postseason history.

Throughout the game neither team was able to do anything with their opportunities until the top of the 9th when Conor Gillaspie crushed the ball over the right field wall. Now the San Francisco Giants will go on to play the Chicago Cubs at 8:00 PM (CT) on Friday night. Jon Lester will take the mound for the Cubs against Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto at Wrigley field.

The rollercoaster ride for the San Francisco Giants continues as the team went from holding the best record in baseball before the all-star break (57-33) to fighting for a wild card spot. The Giants have now established themselves as a strong playoff presence after their 3-0 win against the New York Mets.

Whether you #Believe or not… Don’t Sleep on the San Francisco Giants!