Giants shut out the Cardinals 3-0 in Game 1 of the NLCS

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There was no late rally from the Cardinals this time, as the Giants were able to secure a shutout victory in the opening match of the NLCS on Saturday night. Madison Bumgarner continued his run of post-season dominance, firing 7 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing only four hits and a walk while striking out seven. Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla got the final four outs with ease to seal the deal.

The Giants got to Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright early, scoring twice in the second inning and once more in the third inning. Wainwright, for the second time in two post-season starts this year, could not escape the fifth inning. In 4 2/3 innings, Wainwright allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out two. It will be interesting to hear if Wainwright’s elbow bothered him any, as he threw a very small percentage of fastballs (24 of 98 pitches, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports).

Bumgarner got into trouble only once, when the Cardinals put two base runners on with one out and moved both into scoring position with two outs. The lefty appeared to balk during an at-bat against pinch-hitter Tony Cruz, but there was no call and he was able to retire Cruz on strikes to end the threat.

Pablo Sandoval had an excellent night at the plate, finishing 3-for-4 with a double and a walk. Bumgarner set and extended a major league record, as he is now up to 26 2/3 scoreless innings on the road in the post-season, dating back to 2010.

Game 2 continues on Sunday night as Giants right-hander Jake Peavy will oppose Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn.

Police are keeping reporters away from owners at the owners meetings

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The owners meetings are going on in Arlington, Texas right now and something unusual is happening: the owners are using police to shield them from reporters seeking comment.

Chandler Rome, the Astros beat writer for the Houston Chronicle, attempted to talk to Astros owner Jim Crane at the hotel in which the meetings are taking place. Which makes sense because, duh, Rome covers the Astros and, if you haven’t noticed, the Astros are in the news lately.

Here’s how it went:

This was confirmed by other reporters:

To be clear: this is a radically different way things have ever been handled at MLB meetings of any kind. Reporters — who are credentialed specifically for these meetings at this location, they’re not just showing up — approach the GMs or the owners or whoever as they walk in the public parts of the hotel in which they’re held or in the areas designated for press conferences. It’s not contentious. Usually the figures of interest will stop and talk a bit then move on. If they don’t want to talk they just keep walking, often offering apologies or an excuse about being late for something and say they’ll be available later. It’s chill as far as reporters vs. the powerful tend to go.

But apparently not today. Not at the owners meetings. Now police — who are apparently off duty on contract security, but armed and in full official uniform — are shielding The Lords of Baseball from scrutiny.

We live in interesting times.