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11/01/10 1:50 AM ET
World Series by the numbers: Game 4
By Tom Singer / MLB.com
Another Giants pitcher has done a number on the Texas Rangers. Wait -- can zero be considered a number? While mathematicians argue that point, we received a whole lot of other numbers to contemplate after San Francisco took a 3-1 lead in the 106th World Series to move within one victory of the franchise's first title since 1954. 178: Consecutive games, regular and postseason, Vladimir Guerrero had played without fanning three times before he ran into Madison Bumgarner. Guerrero's last hat trick had come on Sept. 26, 2009, for the Angels against the A's. 44.309: Combined age (years.days) of Giants' Game 4 starter Madison Bumgarner and catcher Buster Posey, second-youngest battery in World Series history to the 1966 Game 2 pairing of Baltimore's Jim Palmer and Andy Etchebarren (44.99). (And wouldn't you know it, Palmer also won that by a shutout, 6-0, over the Dodgers.) 44: Times a team has held a 3-1 series lead in the Fall Classic. 38: Times that team went on to win the Classic (included is the nine-game Series of 1903, in which Boston won the last four to down the Pirates 5-3). 35: Players 23 or younger to homer in a World Series game, including Posey's eighth-inning shot off Darren O'Day on Sunday. 16: The number of times, in the first 105 World Series, a team suffered multiple shutouts. The Rangers have just become No. 17. 14: Years since there were as many as two shutouts in the same World Series. In 1996, the Braves and the Yankees each blanked the other once. 13: Years between World Series three-hit games by Edgar Renteria, who got the three-spot for the Marlins in 1997 Game 7 and repeated for the Giants on Sunday. 12: World Series homers by National League designated hitters in the World Series, Aubrey Huff on Sunday adding his name to the list of Eric Bruntlett (PHI, 2008, Game 2); Shawon Dunston (SF, 2002, Game 6); Jim Eisenreich (FLA, 1997, Game 3); Ryan Klesko (ATL, 1995, Games 3, 4 and 5); Lonnie Smith (ATL, 1992, Game 5); Mike Davis (LAD, 1988, Game 5); Kurt Bevacqua (SD, 1984, Games 2 and 5); and Dan Driessen (CIN, 1976, Game 3). 11: Times the Rangers were held to four hits or fewer all season, a feat accomplished twice in three World Series games started by Matt Cain and Bumgarner. 4(a): Pitchers who have made three starts in one postseason without lasting beyond the fourth inning in any of them, as Texas Game 4 starter Tommy Hunter joined San Diego's Eric Show (1984), the Mets' Kenny Rogers (1996) and Boston's Kent Mercker (1999). 4(b): Consecutive walks issued by Texas left-hander Derek Holland to the first four batters he faced in the World Series, between Games 2 and 4, believed to be a record. His three straight walks in Game 2 had tied the single-game Series record, done 11 previous times. 4(c): Shutouts by the Giants this postseason (One in NLDS, one in NLCS and two in the World Series). That ties them with the 1998 Yankees and the 1905 Giants for the most shutouts in a single postseason. 3: Consecutive knock-out World Series games lost by the Giants since that last Classic title, in 1954. Included is Game 7 in 1962 to the Yankees, and Games 6 & 7 in 2002 to the Angels (in 1989, the G-men were swept by Oakland, so they were never in a knockout situation). 1: Regular-season home shutouts suffered by the Rangers, the Majors' top-hitting club (on Aug. 28 by Oakland, in a game started by left-hander Dallas Braden).
0: Rookie pitchers younger than 23, prior to Bumgarner, to pitch eight shutout innings in a World Series start.