National League Wild Card Game Capsule
(Wednesday, October 1)
Final Score: San Francisco 8, Pittsburgh 0
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Madison Bumgarner pitched a four-hit shutout, Brandon Crawford hit the fourth playoff grand slam in team history and the San Francisco Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 in the National League wild-card game Wednesday night. The Giants have won seven straight playoff elimination games, including five on the road. Bumgarner (1-0) kept them out of trouble in this one, scattering four hits and a walk while striking out 10, and giving the Pirates little hope of scoring a rally against him. So when Crawford homered with no outs in the fourth inning off Edinson Volquez (0-1), it cast a pall over the PNC Park crowd of 40,629 that lasted the rest of the game. Indeed, the game had none of the drama of Tuesday's instant-classic AL wild-card game between Kansas City and Oakland, which the Royals won in the bottom of the 12th inning. The Giants were OK with that. They will face the NL East-champion Nationals in a division series with Game 1 scheduled for Friday in Washington.
10/02 00:16:22 ET