Madison Bumgarner delivers a shutout as Giants roll past Pirates in NL Wild Card Game

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The Nationals will meet the Giants in the NLDS.

Madison Bumgarner dominated over nine shutout innings and Brandon Crawford hit a grand slam as San Francisco cruised to an easy 8-0 victory over the host Pirates on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.

PNC Park was rocking early on, with most of the 40,000-plus fans dressed up in black for the Steel City’s second straight National League Wild Card Game, but Bucs starter Edinson Volquez struggled out of the gate and the Giants broke through in the top of the fourth inning when Crawford slugged a belt-high hanging curveball over the 21-foot right field wall for a grand slam. It was the first postseason grand slam by a shortstop in major league history. And the blacked-shirted crowd — which set a PNC Park attendance record — soon took on the look of a funeral.

The Giants added to their lead on RBI singles from first baseman Brandon Belt in the sixth and seventh innings, and then catcher Buster Posey put the icing on the cake with an RBI single in the top of the eighth.

Now the Giants move on to Washington, D.C., where they’ll begin a best-of-five against the Nats on Friday.

The Giants have won seven straight elimination games, dating back to 2010.

This is a dangerous, battle-tested October baseball team.

Mike Trout voted 2019 American League Most Valuable Player

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The Baseball Writers Association of America voted Angels outfielder Mike Trout the Most Valuable Player in the American League for the 2019 season. He received 17 of 30 first-place votes, earning the third AL MVP Award of his career.

Trout, 28, missed the final three weeks of the season due to a foot injury, but his numbers were still strong enough to overcome the competition. He led the majors with a .438 on-base percentage and a 185 adjusted OPS, and led the AL with a .645 slugging percentage and 1.083 OPS. He also slugged 45 home runs, knocked in 104 runs, scored 110 runs, and stole 11 bases in 600 plate appearances. FanGraphs also gave him an edge over the competition in WAR at 8.6.

Trout, who also won the award in 2014 and ’16, is the third Angel to snag the hardware, joining Don Baylor (1979) and Vladimir Guerrero Sr. (2004). He is the 11th player to win three MVP awards, joining Jimmie Foxx, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Álex Rodríguez, Stan Musial, Roy Campanella, Mike Schmidt, Albert Pujols, and Barry Bonds. Bonds is the only player to have won the award more than three times, winning a whopping seven MVP awards.

Alex Bregman finished in a close second place followed by Marcus  Semien, DJ LeMahieu, and Xander Bogaerts. Also receiving votes were Matt Chapman, George Springer, Mookie Betts, Nelson Cruz, Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, Rafael Devers, Jorge Polanco, Austin Meadows, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana, Gleyber Torres, Eddie Rosario, José Abreu, Max Kepler, J.D. Martinez, Yoán Moncada, Charlie Morton, Matt Olson, and Jorge Soler.