If you’re a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Madison Bumgarner is probably one of your least favorite people right now.
On Saturday the San Francisco Giants handed the Dodgers another loss in the series, while Bumgarner garnered (see what I did there) his 50th career win.
Working into the seventh inning, Bumgarner had 10 strike outs. Only two runs were allowed by the Giants defense.
The Giants offense were also pretty on point during Saturday’s game. Home runs from Michael Morse, Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey gave the Giants a 7-1 lead by the bottom of the sixth. While the Giants didn’t get anymore runs after the sixth inning, it didn’t really matter since the Dodgers only got one more run at the bottom of the seventh.
“We’ve always had a good defensive team, and we’re starting to swing the bats now. So we’re a pretty well-rounded team. Today the bullpen came in and did a great job, and the offense was unbelievable again. It’s nice to have that kind of support. It makes it easier to go after guys and challenge them,” said Bumgarner.
During his 6 1/3 innings, the left-hander was charged with only eight hits and two runs.
Said Bumgarner, “I was throwing a little bit of everything. It seemed like they had a lot of baserunners today, but I felt like I made good pitches all day. The command was there and my stuff was pretty good.” He added, “You don’t want to give guys free passes at any time. You have to make them earn it of you can. But at the same time, you don’t want to just give in and just throw a meatball up there. You’ve got to make pitches and work on command and get ahead of guys.”
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Saturday’s win makes Bumgarner the fourth-youngest pitcher in Giants franchise history to reach the 50-win mark.
Madison Bumgarner is now 9-3 against the Dodgers in his career. #SFGiants
— The Cove (@GiantsCove) April 6, 2014
Yesterday's #SFGiants victory was Madison Bumgarner's 50th win at just 24 years old. It's already been a pleasure watching him.
— Sean Jordan (@BaySean) April 6, 2014
And this is why Madison Bumgarner is our Opening Day starter. Cain is lacking confidence and command. Not good.
— Trevor Cancilla (@trevcosi23) April 7, 2014
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