Madison Bumgarner has certainly delivered since getting the call-up. Three starts: 22 IP, 17 H, 8 R, 5 BB, 15 SO against Boston, Colorado, and Milwaukee, all potent-hitting clubs. Tonight he racked up a Game Score of 78 by throwing EIGHT shutout innings! MadBeast even clubbed an RBI-single in the top of the 8th inning. Before I get too excited about a young pitcher, I always remind myself that Ed Halicki once threw a no-hitter, and I thought he was the Second Coming. Of course, I was in high school at the time and had none of the veteran savvy wisdom I now possess. Nonetheless, in a dismal stretch of Giants baseball, Madison Bumgarner has been a bright spot.
For the second straight night, the Brewers botched an inning-ending double play ball and the Giants capitalized with a heap o'runs. This time it was veteran Craig Counsell who made an errant throw, saving Pablo Sandoval from ignominy. I like playing the Brewers. Let's see if we can get the schedule changed so we can play them some more. In fact, let's just stay in the NL Central (17-7 record) the rest of the way, OK?
The Franchise goes tomorrow. His last two starts have been troubling: 9 IP, 14 H, 8 R, 7 BB, 8 SO against Boston and Colorado. Is it just normal variation? The usual ups and downs that every pitcher goes through? Or is Tim's Missing Mojo the sign of something else? Fatigue? Injury? This guy has shouldered not only a huge workload but the enormous expectations of the organization and the fan base. It's a lot, even for an exceptional talent like Tim. The baseball season is a long, hard slog--a war of attrition. Let's hope our No. 1 guy gets his groove back soon. So far, Milwaukee seems like the place to do it.