JEWISH BASEBALL NEWS — The San Francisco Giants defeated the Texas Rangers 4-0 on Sunday night (10/31/2010), giving them a 3-1 lead in the 2010 World Series and leaving them one win short of a championship.

Giants SP Madison Bumgarner — who is not Jewish — pitched a gem, giving up just 3 hits and 2 walks over 8 scoreless innings.

Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler, the lone Jew in the Series, drew a walk, was robbed of a hit by Giants LF Cody Ross in the 5th inning (see video at 1:10 mark), and lined out to LF again in the 7th, this time with two outs and men on first and second bases.

Like many of his teammates, Kinsler started strong in the 2010 post-season but has since succumbed to increasingly strong pitching. In Texas’ first-round series against the Tampa Bay Rays, the 28-year-old Arizona native hit a scorching .444, stroking 3 HRs and driving in 6 runs over 18 at-bats. In the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees, Kinsler hit .250 with 3 RBIs.

So far against the Giants he’s batting .214, with one extra-base hit and no RBIs.

Game 5 of the 7-game Series takes place tonight (11/1/2010) in Arlington, Tex.