No big surprise: Just another stellar start by Giants lefty in October

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The San Francisco Giants proved once again that they have a lot “left” in October.

Rookie left-hander Ty Blach kept the Giants in the lead for the final NL wild-card berth with a masterful performance against the Dodgers.

Blach pitched eight innings, giving up no runs on three hits with one walk and six strikeouts as the Giants beat the Dodgers 3-0 to remain one game ahead of St. Louis with one game to play.

While a rookie out dueling Clayton Kershaw would come as a surprise to many, the very fact the Giants had a lefty on the mound in October should have made Giants fans very confident.

Over the last 10 starts in October by a left-handed pitchers, those pitchers are 8-1 with an 0.83 ERA and 65 strikeouts over 76 innings.

While the bulk of those starts have come from Madison Bumgarner, that list now includes Blach and Barry Zito.

Here is how the previous nine starts break down:

Madison Bumgarner, Oct. 26, 2014

Game 5 World Series vs. Royals

9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K, WIN

Madison Bumgarner, Oct. 21, 2014

Game 1 World Series vs. Royals

7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, WIN

Madison Bumgarner, Oct. 16, 2014

Game 5 NLCS vs. Cardinals

8 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, ND

Madison Bumgarner, Oct. 11, 2014

Game 1 NLCS vs. Cardinals

7.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K, WIN

Madison Bumgarner, Oct. 6, 2014

Game 4 NLDS vs. Nationals

7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, LOSS

Madison Bumgarner, Oct. 1, 2014

NL Wild Card Game vs. Pirates

9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K, WIN

Madison Bumgarner, Oct. 25, 2012

Game 2 World Series vs. Tigers

7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K, WIN

Barry Zito, Oct. 24, 2012

Game 1 World Series vs. Tigers

5.2 IP, 6 H 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, WIN

Barry Zito, Oct. 19, 2012

Game 5 NLDS vs. Cardinals

7.2 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K, WIN

On Sunday, the starting pitcher for the Giants will be Matt Moore, a left-hander.

And if the Giants win that game, their next game will be Wednesday in New York against the Mets. The starter that day? Bumgarner.

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