Wilson piling up innings with no earned runs allowed

Wilson piling up innings with no earned runs allowed

Wilson piling up innings with no earned runs allowed

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
Most postseason innings without allowing an earned run
Rank Pitcher Years App. Inn.
1. J. Rocker 1998-2001 20 20 2/3
2. J. Niekro 1980-87 3 20
3. J. McGinnity 1905 2 17
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.