Madison Bumgarner threw eight innings today, striking out 11 batters, allowing just six hits and walked none. MadBum threw 78 pitches for strikes, just 20 balls in this one. Easy win, right? Not exactly.
Bumgarner gave up a grand slam to Jeff Francoeur in the fourth that quickly cut the Giants lead to 6-4, and then gave up a solo home run to Andres Blanco in the eighth, reducing the Giants lead to 7-5 before Santiago Casilla came on in the ninth to close out the game, earning his 17th save in 20 chances.
Despite giving up five runs, MadBum had a game score of 61, a feat that happens only about once per season. It was definitely an odd start statistically for Bumgarner, but all that matters is that he got the W and his record now stands at 7-2, 3.38. “My delivery was good,” said MadBum. “My command was there. I was able to put the ball where I wanted to. It shows how this game is. It’s a crazy game,” Bumgarner said. “I’d take throwing the ball like that any day.”
Once again, the Giants’ offense totaled 12 hits, led by Nori Aoki (3 for 3). Aoki is batting .324 on the season and proving to be the Giants’ most critical off-season acquisition. Aoki’s slash line is at .324/.398/.410. He sat out Friday’s game with the flu, only the third game he has missed this season.
Matt Duffy went 2 for 5, adding a double, RBI and two runs scored as he continues to ensure that Casey McGehee (called up from Triple-A Sacramento) remains on the bench as the back up third baseman. MadBum also added two hits, going 2 for 4 to raise his average to .185 on the season.
Tomorrow’s series finale takes place at 10:35am PT as the Giants try to sweep Philadelphia on the road with Ryan Vogelsong (4-3, 4.26) on the hill. Vogey will oppose Sean O’Sullivan (1-4, 5.03).
- The Giants are now 20-1 when MadBum strikes out 10 batters or more
- If the Dodgers lose their fourth straight tonight, and third straight against the Cardinals, the G-men will move back into first place in the NL West. Clayton Kershaw is on the mound for L.A.
- The G-men are batting .278 this season with runners in scoring position, good for 7th best in all of MLB