Chalk it up as just another day at the office for Madison Bumgarner (8-4, 2.99).
MadBum pitched 7 2/3 innings yesterday afternoon, allowing just two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out eight. Oh and by the way, he also went 2 for 3 with a towering homerun, RBI and two runs scored. Oh yeah, he also become the youngest San Francisco Giant, and third youngest in MLB history, to reach 1000 strikeouts. Ok, maybe just a little better than his typical day at the office. “I felt good from the start,” MadBum humbly said. “I just kept making pitches and the ball started rolling our way.”
Santiago Casilla pitched 2/3 of an inning to close out the win for his 21st save as the Giants improved to 42-35, remaining one game back of the Dodgers.
The other big story of the night was Matt Duffy who continues to batter opposing pitching, helping the injury-depleted Giants to score runs at a healthy clip. Duffy, for the second consecutive day, barely missed hitting for the cycle in his last at bat, when a line drive down the first base line in the seventh inning was deflected by the first baseman who was in fair territory. The controversial foul call by the umpire was challenged by Manager Bruce Bochy, but wasn’t overturned. Duffman settled for a double, triple, and homerun (his eighth), along with an RBI and three runs scored. Saturday, he singled, doubled, and homered, also falling short of the cycle. Duffy is now hitting .303 for the season with 37 RBIs. Pablo who? “I hate to think where we’d be without him,” Boch said.
Brandon Crawford also added a solo homerun in the sixth inning, his tenth on the year, to go with 46 RBIs. And Buster Posey singled twice, going 2 for 4, and both singles drove in runs as his 3 RBIs on the day brought his team-leading total to 53.
After playing 19 of the past 20 days, the G-men get a much needed day off today as they travel to Miami. Tomorrow night the Giants open a three game series against the Marlins with Ryan Vogelsong (6-5, 4.05) on the mound against Mat Latos (2-5, 5.49). Latos has not pitched well at home this year, going 1-3 with a 7.60 ERA. After a rough April, Vogey has pitched exceptionally well in May and June, going 6-3 with a 2.37 ERA.