LOS ANGELES -- Brian Wilson tossed another scoreless inning Monday night in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, and the Dodgers reliever is now fourth in Major League history with 16 2/3 postseason innings without allowing an earned run.
The former Giants closer has made a smooth transition to a setup role with the Dodgers in 2013, and he is 1-0 with seven strikeouts over five innings this October.
Fear the Beard
|1.||J. Rocker||1998-2001||20||20 2/3|
|4.||B. Wilson||2010-13||15||16 2/3|
|5.||D. Cook||1996-2000||19||16 1/3|
|6.||D. Mails||1920||2||15 2/3|
"I just shorten the game," said Wilson, who signed with the Dodgers in July and is coming off Tommy John surgery. "I pretend the game is over, and then I watch another inning. It doesn't really matter what role I'm in. I wasn't born to throw the final three outs. I was born to be a pitcher, and that's what I'm doing. Regardless of when they want me to come into the game, my job is to put up a zero."
Wilson was charged with an unearned run in his first career postseason appearance, blowing a save against the Braves in the 2010 NL Division Series with San Francisco. Since that outing, Wilson has not allowed a run in 14 2/3 innings over 14 appearances.
John Rocker holds the Major League record with 20 2/3 postseason innings without allowing an earned run, doing so from 1998-2001. Joe Niekro is second with 20 innings (1980-87), while Joe McGinnity is third with 17 (1905).
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.