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Giants Squash Pirates in NL Wild Card

So much for my post-season prediction that the Pittsburgh Pirates would win the World Series.

Unlike Tuesday night’s AL Wild Card between the A’s and Royals, there was little suspense in the NL Wild Card between the Pirates and the San Francisco Giants which the Giants won 8-0.

Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford took the Pirates crowd out of the game with a grand slam HR in the fourth. Amazingly, Crawford is first shortstop to hit a grand salami in post-season game.

Brandon Belt drove in three runs with singles in the sixth and seventh. Buster Posey singled in a run in the 8th.  

But the big story of the game was Giants starter Madison Bumgarner who threw a complete game, four hit shutout. Clayton Kershaw might win both the NL Cy Young and NL MVP, but MadBum is at his level and might emerge as the pitching hero of this post-season.

The Giants advance to the NLDS against the Washington Nationals. Game 1 begins on Friday afternoon in D.C. 

I think the Nats will prevail, but given SF’s two World Series titles in 2010 and 2012, it would be foolish to sell the Giants short.

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