SAN FRANCISCO - The names roll off your tongue with expected ease.
Christy Mathewson. Madison Bumgarner.
Old Bum, as he's known in the San Francisco Giants clubhouse, became the first starter to not allow a run in his first two World Series starts since Mathewson did it in 1905.
That span covers a fair piece of real estate.
Bumgarner worked seven shutout innings as the Giants took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven World Series on Thursday.
A Hall of Famer, Mathewson won 373 games in the majors including five in post-season play, three of which came in 1905 against the Philadelphia Athletics.
Giants starts this post-season have gone to first rounders Matt Cain (25th overall, 2002); Tim Linceum (10th, 2006); Bumgarner (10th, 2007), plus fifth-rounder Ryan Vogelsong and Barry Zito, who was signed as a free agent.
Facing the Texas Rangers in Game 4 of the 2010 Series, the Bumgarner put up eight zeros. So the Rangers and the Tigers, who have been known to make contact, are a combined 5-for-49 (.102) against him in World Series play.
"This is a lot less stressful than being down 2-0," said Bumgarner. "We didn't throw many changeups, we threw a few sliders. Biggest thing we did was up and down, in and out."
This is what Giants general manager Brian Sabean hoped for when he gave Bumgarner a five-year, $35-million contract extension in April.
Worried Giants fans did not see this coming. In his final seven starts of the regular season, Bumgarner was 2-4 with a 5.89 earned-run average, allowing 27 earned runs in 36 2/3 innings, not to mention five home runs.
"That play at the plate when we got Prince Fielder in that second was huge, that got me going and kept it scoreless," said Bumgarner. "The difference between this start and the last? I went into the seventh instead of getting taken out in the third."
Bottom line: the Giants staff was built through the draft.
Something the Toronto Blue Jays Jays should remember when teams come calling this winter for prospects.
GIANTS GETTING AT&T BOUNCES
Is it time for visiting teams to measure the bases at AT&T Park?
Or maybe begin to employ them as an offensive weapon? The San Francisco Giants certainly are.
The Giants have been getting the AT&T bounce off the bases.
This is not to be confused with the Argo bounce but it has been just as effective.
Left-handed hitting Angel Pagan slapped the eighth pitch of his at-bat against Justin Verlander down the third base line in the third inning Wednesday night.
The two-hopper hit the bag on its second bounce and made a right turn into the left for a double.
We could point out that a better defensive third baseman than Miguel Cabrera might have made the play, or at least tried to make a play, before the ball it reached the bag.
First base coach Roberto Kelly was Pagan's eyes as the Tiger dugout jumped up and yelled 'TILT' like a slot machine in an old arcade.
Pagan reached second and scored on Marco Scutaro's single to centre, then Sandoval went deep for the second of his three homers.
Earlier in the playoffs, St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn wheeled and threw a possible double play ball to second, hitting the base and bounding on into centre field.
First base is the last innocent base in the AT&T.
Thursday night, Gregor Blanco dropped a bunt with runners on first and second. Tigers catcher Gerald Laird allowed the ball to roll, hoping it would go foul. Except the ball put on the brakes, stayed fair and the Giants got their first run one hitter later.
Asked if he was satisfied that the Boston Red Sox had not tampered with manager John Farrell before a trade was worked out, commissioner Bud Selig told reporters, "I've talked to (Jays president) Paul Beeston and no complaints have been filed."
IT'S A GAMBLE
A private member's bill to legalize betting on single sporting events in Canada, has passed the House of Commons and second reading in the Senate. Third reading, the final stage, is the final chance to stop the bill.
If passed, it would allow wagering on single sporting events, opening the door for provinces to introduce this type of gambling on races, fights or games.
MLB lawyer Thomas Ostertag and Beeston have spoken against the bill in Ottawa pointing out "high rollers could influence the outcome of games."
"I'm very proud of the work done by Paul and Tom," said Selig. "I'm in the same position as any commissioner -- I don't think wagering is healthy for the sport."
Robert Pershing Doerr, not Robbie Alomar, was the first person to ever wear the Blue Jays uniform to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Doerr, 94, was a hitting coach for the Jays from 1977-to-1981 and helped with the development of the likes of Alfredo Griffin, Lloyd Moseby and Al Woods.
Restricted to a wheelchair, Doerr made the trip from Junction City, Ore. to San Francisco as veterans were honoured before Game 2.
Doerr, who played 14 years in Boston and became Ted Williams' dearest friend, was elected to Cooperstown and wore a Red Sox cap. Alomar went in a year ago with a Blue Jays logo on his cap.
TOMMY, TOMMY, TOMMY
Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda was one of the veterans honoured along with Hall of Fame broadcasters Bob Wolff and Jerry Coleman before United States Marine Corps Corporal Nicholas Kimmel, a triple amputee, threw out the first pitch.
"An Italian girl once saved my life, she hid me in her cellar for two weeks," LaSorda told the audience, "but it was in the Bronx."