Friday, July 12, 2013

Madison Bumgarner, All-Star

He's one of the few Giants who have remained reliable during this horrific stretch, winning the first game Saturday's vic over the Dodgers by the same 4-2 score. Bumgarner also won that one.

I was at work when I saw the Padres put two in the bottom of the first and thought, "Oh for God's sake, can't anyone on this team play any more?"

But that was it for the Padres as Madison won his 10th and more than justified his selection as an All-Star. Not to overstate but this may have been the biggest win of the year.

Chris Haft of mlb.com notes that the Giants have now won six of his last 7 starts ...

 
Bumgarner (10-5) overcame a shaky first inning and improved to 6-1 in his last seven starts. The left-hander retired 20 of the final 21 Padres he faced in his seven-inning outing. The only Giants starter to win a decision since June 14, Bumgarner has stopped four-game losing streaks in each of his last two outings.
Bumgarner was slow to find a groove in the first inning, and the Padres capitalized by scoring twice. Chris Denorfia and Chase Headley singled with one out before Carlos Quentin belted an RBI double. Jesus Guzman drew an intentional walk to load the bases before Kyle Blanks' fielder's-choice grounder scored Headley.
Pablo Sandoval halved the difference by homering to christen the fourth inning. It was Sandoval's first long ball since May 21, ending a homerless streak of 101 at-bats.

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