Madison Bumgarner lays tough tag on Kolten Wong, ends Cardinals' late-inning rally
In the bottom of the seventh inning of Saturday's NLCS Game 1, Cardinals Yadier Molina and Jon Jay reached on back-to-back one-out singles off Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. With San Francisco leading, 3-0, having runners at first and second could have started the rally St. Louis needed to get back in the game.
Second baseman Kolten Wong stepped to the plate next, hoping to reach safely and extend the rally. Unfortunately, he slapped a ground ball toward first -- one which Giants first baseman Brandon Belt could field easily.
But when Belt flipped the ball to Bumgarner as he went to cover first base, it became clear it would be a high-stakes footrace to the bag between Bumgarner and the speedy Wong. MadBum recognized this fact, and made sure to slap the tag on Wong with some gusto:
Cards manager Mike Matheny challenged the play, but the call was confirmed and the out stood. Bumgarner followed his clutch putout with a strikeout of pinch-hitter Tony Cruz, escaping the inning without allowing a run. The Cards couldn't get another baserunner aboard for the rest of the game, and the Giants and Bumgarner got the win, 3-0.