Big Game for Bumgarner
I loathe the Oakland A's and their stupid owner whining about how he can't move to San Jose and taking the fans to the cleaners by trading away superstars like Cespedes and Donaldson so that they won't have to pay them and can go on cashing revenue sharing checks. It's so cynical. I root for the A's when they play the Dodgers. Other than that, I hope they lose every single game. Do I feel sorry for A's fans? No. If they want to ignore the truth, that's their right, I suppose.
Anyhow, here's the recap -
The rally was spurred by an unlikely source: pitcher Madison Bumgarner. The Giants became the first team to forgo a designated hitter and hit with a pitcher since the White Sox in 1976, and Bumgarner didn't disappoint, rocketing a double to center field in his first at-bat to open the third inning. Six straight batters reached base to start the inning against A's starter Dillon Overton, highlighted by back-to-back homers from Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford.
Oakland had scored 28 runs through the first three games of the series and have scored six or more in seven straight games. It appeared to be on its way to another strong performance, as Marcus Semien hit his 16th homer of the season in the first inning, but Bumgarner retired nine of his next 11. The A's have now homered in nine straight games.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Bumgarner hit sparks rally: Bumgarner quickly made his presence felt at the plate Thursday night. The Giants ace led off the third by ripping a double to center field and initiated a rally in which six players crossed home plate before a single out was recorded. The scoring barrage was highlighted by a ground-rule double from Brandon Belt with the bases loaded, as well as back-to-back home runs from Posey and Crawford. Bumgarner would even come to the plate a second time in the inning, but popped out to second.
Overt trouble: Overton took the loss in his second career start, giving up all eight runs on eight hits in three-plus innings. He ran into trouble in the third partly due to some bad luck. Bumgarner's double glanced off Billy Burns' glove to open the inning, and two batters later, Angel Pagan lofted a single to left that Coco Crisp couldn't corral in a sliding catch attempt. Unlike Overton's debut Sunday, when the rookie settled down after allowing two first-inning homers to the Angels, it snowballed, and he allowed a three-run homer to Posey and a solo shot to Crawford to make it 6-1.