Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bumgarner strikes out 11

OK, it was against the A's minor leaguers but still. Andrew Baggarly of the Merc-News was there...


Madison Bumgarner drove his very large truck down to minor league camp Friday afternoon and built his pitch count against Oakland's Triple-A lineup. It wasn't an especially fair fight.
He threw six innings, allowed two hits, hit two batters, walked another and struck out 11. It looked even more dominant than the line would suggest.
"I felt dang good about it," said Bumgarner, who wore a look of delight when he saw that a couple of beat reporters were waiting to talk to him. "I didn't know you'd be here. Thanks for coming and watching."
Bumgarner might be 0-3 with a 5.65 ERA in Cactus League games, with three home runs allowed in 141/3 innings. But those stats are deceptive, too. Bumgarner maintained from the first interview he gave at FanFest in February that he'd feel no aftereffects of throwing 270 innings between the regular season and postseason, the heaviest workload by a Giant in 41 years....



Regardless of the opponent, it had to be reassuring for Giants officials to see their ace throwing so crisply -- especially since the rest of the rotation sets up to be a bunch of scramblers. Jake Peavy (6.75 ERA), Tim Lincecum (6.92), Matt Cain (9.82), Ryan Vogelsong (7.41) and Yusmeiro Petit (5.19) have struggled to work clean innings this spring. Tim Hudson (3.00) also has acknowledged benefiting from some hard outs and/or getting away with too many mistakes.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he expects all seven "starting" pitchers to be on the opening day roster and he plans to set the rotation in a few days. Barring a change or injury, it's expected to be Peavy, Cain, Hudson and Lincecum rounding out the starting five, with Vogelsong and Petit in long relief.

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