After winning Games 1 and 5, Bumgarner wrapped up Game 7 last night with a five-inning relief effort – but only got the save. “Middle reliever” Jeremy Affeldt, who pitched just 2.1 innings, but happened to be in the game when the San Francisco Giants took the final 3-2 lead, got the win.
Think about the challenge of winning three games in one World Series. First of all, that’s the most. No pitcher has ever won four games in one go-round (in either a best-of-seven or best-of-nine Series).
No relief pitcher has ever done it, although some of these starters below notched a win in relief, like the last to do it, Randy Johnson (2001). Johnson is the only pitcher to win three games in a single World Series in almost 50 (!) years – since Bob Gibson in 1967.
A handful of the Series noted (and asterisked) below deserve some further explanation, and enhance the accomplishment we’re talking about, too.
The 1903* and 1920* World Series were best-of-nines and finished 5-3 and 5-2, respectively. The 1912*** World Series went eight games; Game 2 was a tie called for darkness. So for these three Series (and the four pitchers that won three games in them), there was more opportunity to earn an extra win.Follow @VinGetz
|1.||Bill Dinneen||1903*||2, 6, 8||Boston Americans||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|2.||Deacon Phillippe||1903*||1, 3, 4||Pittsburgh Pirates**||Boston Americans|
|3.||Christy Mathewson||1905||1, 3, 5||New York Giants||Philadelphia Athletics|
|4.||Babe Adams||1909||1, 5, 7||Pittsburgh Pirates||Detroit Tigers|
|5.||Jack Coombs||1910||2, 3, 5||Philadelphia Athletics||Chicago Cubs|
|6.||Smoky Joe Wood||1912***||1, 4, 8||Boston Red Sox||New York Giants|
|7.||Red Faber||1917||2, 5, 6||Chicago White Sox||New York Giants|
|8.||Stan Coveleski||1920*||1, 4, 7||Cleveland Indians||Brooklyn Robins|
|9.||Harry Brecheen||1946||2, 6, 7||St. Louis Cardinals||Boston Red Sox|
|10.||Lew Burdette||1957||2, 5, 7||Milwaukee Braves||New York Yankees|
|11.||Mickey Lolich||1968||2, 5, 7||Detroit Tigers||St. Louis Cardinals|
|12.||Bob Gibson||1967||1, 4, 7||St. Louis Cardinals||Boston Red Sox|
|13.||Randy Johnson||2001||2, 6, 7||Arizona Cardinals||New York Yankees|
Today, it’s quarterbacks with the most 5-or-more passing touchdown games since the first modern football season when the AFL and NFL united into the NFL (becoming the AFC and NFC Conferences). And it’s Manning again – this time tied with Brees at the top. They have eight apiece.
UPDATED LIST: Through Week 8 of 2014. Tom Brady threw for five TDs today, breaking his tie for fourth below with Brett Favre and Warren Moon.Follow @VinGetz
|QUARTERBACK||GAMES WITH 5 OR MORE PASSING TDS||FOR|
|1.||Peyton Manning||8||Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos|
|1.||Drew Brees||8||San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints|
|3.||Dan Marino||6||Miami Dolphins|
|4.||Tom Brady||5||New England Patriots|
|5.||Brett Favre||4||Green Bay Packers, New York Jets|
|5.||Warren Moon||4||Houston Oilers, Seattle Seahawks|
|7.||Daunte Culpepper||3||Minnesota Vikings|
|7.||Dan Fouts||3||San Diego Chargers|
|7.||Jim Kelly||3||Buffalo Bills|
|7.||Dave Krieg||3||Seattle Seahawks|
|7.||Joe Montana||3||San Francisco 49ers|
|7.||Matthew Stafford||3||Detroit Lions|
|13.||Lynn Dickey||2||Green Bay Packers|
|13.||Boomer Esiason||2||Cincinnati Bengals|
|13.||Joe Ferguson||2||Buffalo Bills|
|13.||Vince Ferragamo||2||Los Angeles Rams|
|13.||Matt Hasselbeck||2||Seattle Seahawks|
|13.||Tommy Kramer||2||Minnesota Vikings|
|13.||Donovan McNabb||2||Philadelphia Eagles|
|13.||Carson Palmer||2||Cincinnati Bengals|
|13.||Aaron Rodgers||2||Green Bay Packers|
|13.||Ben Roethlisberger||2||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|13.||Tony Romo||2||Dallas Cowboys|
|13.||Kurt Warner||2||St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals|
Thanks again to pro-football-reference.com!
Manning has more games with four or more passing touchdowns than anyone else since the completed NFL-AFL merger in 1970 – 33 – and with a little room to play with, and some time yet to pad his stats.
Though the second best QB on this list is still active. Drew Brees has done it 25 times and it is possible Brees could take over one day. He’s about three years younger.
But check this: Aaron Rodgers is next, ahead of his time, but on a different level. It goes from Brady with 20 to Rodgers with 13.
And check this: the top 20 QBs with the most “4-or-more” regular season games, below.Follow @VinGetz
|QUARTERBACK||GAMES WITH 4 OR MORE PASSING TDS||FOR|
|1.||Peyton Manning||33||Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos|
|2.||Drew Brees||25||San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints|
|3.||Brett Favre||23||Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings|
|4.||Dan Marino||21||Miami Dolphins|
|5.||Tom Brady||20||New England Patriots|
|6.||Aaron Rodgers||13||Green Bay Packers|
|7.||Dan Fouts||12||San Diego Chargers|
|8.||Drew Bledsoe||11||New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills|
|8.||Donovan McNabb||11||Philadelphia Eagles|
|10.||John Elway||10||Denver Broncos|
|10.||Jim Kelly||10||Buffalo Bills|
|10.||Eli Manning||10||New York Giants|
|13.||Tommy Kramer||9||Minnesota Vikings|
|13.||Warren Moon||9||Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks|
|13.||Steve Young||9||San Francisco 49ers|
|16.||Jeff Garcia||8||San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns|
|16.||Dave Krieg||8||Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals|
|16.||Joe Montana||8||San Francisco 49ers|
|16.||Tony Romo||8||Dallas Cowboys|
|16.||Brian Sipe||8||Cleveland Browns|
|16.||Kurt Warner||8||St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals|
|16.||Danny White||8||Dallas Cowboys|
Thanks to the best football reference site on the Web. It’s pro-football-reference.com, where I punched in this query, and where you can see every quarterback who’s ever had even one 4-or-more passing TD game. OK one more time – Check it out!