Last night, Madison Bumgarner returned to form, pitching the Giants to their first win this season against the Washington Nationals. You had to wonder if we were going to be able to win against this team, but Mr. Bumgarner showed the same cool that got him a world series victory in his second career complete game.
The Nats got a run in the seventh, it was "earned", but sort of maybe not really. The ball was hit to right-center, Pence maybe should have caught it, it was within his reach, but he didn't. No matter, by then it was two to one, largely because of Brandon Belt. Brandon B. doubled to score Hunter Pence in the second, then singled to score Pablo Sandoval in the sixth. On both rbi hits, he got thrown out trying to stretch it one more base. Belt went 3 for 4 on the night though. Madison pitched the ninth after Cabrera, Posey, Pence and Belt all scored to make it 6 to 1.
Downsides: Madison failed to put down a bunt in the eighth. What, that's it? Pretty much, although Belt needs to be a little more circumspect in his baserunning, but then again, he got 3 hits and 3 rbis.
Upsides: So, so many. Rested relievers. Madison bouncing back from his last start. Belt and Pence both hitting. Pablo's back.
Lasting image: Madison Bumgarner's smooth, smooth delivery. 108 pitches, 6 K's, 1 walk (ninth inning). Yes!