The conversations about whether or not Cliff Lee should have pitched Game 4 can now be ended. There was no one that could have beaten Madison Bumgarner on Halloween.
A team that had only been shut out once at its home park and had the highest batting average of any major league team during the regular season had no answer for the dominance of the young southpaw.
Although Bumgarner's effort is and should be the story of the night, the end result is that the Giants have taken a 3-1 stranglehold on this World Series. The Rangers failed to win a game in San Francisco and therefore had backed themselves into a situation where a home sweep was all but necessary to stay in this World Series.
Going to San Francisco up 3-2 would be more than manageable, but going into an elimination game while still at home was the last thing the Rangers wanted to face.
The Giants, however, must be doing a little jig in the clubhouse. There is work to be done, but the game today made the future brighter.