Not the kind of tune-up start you want before going into the playoffs. Madison Bumgarner lasted 4 innings, gave up 5 runs, 4 of them earned. Four innings. 76 pitches. He was struggling with his command, and that is not something that is characteristic of the smooth young lefty. Madison gave up a triple to the first Padre, walked the second on his way to a 2 run first. Then he set them down 1-2-3 in the second, gave up two home runs for 3 more runs in the third, and set them down again 1-2-3 on two strikeouts in the fourth. Then he was done on the way to a 7-3 loss. On the bright side, we now have two 100 rbi guys.
Tired after 208 innings this year? Maybe the short outing and extra rest will help. To quote Kuip, his mechanics were "out of whack." Out of whack doesn't necessarily get fixed with an extra day of rest. We had Vogie come back from the dead with an excellent outing, but now Tim and Maddy.......I don't know. I'm thinking that Bochy may have to ready to employ the quick hook in the playoffs the way he has done lately, and we have to hope that our relievers are as good as they have been lately. Today's loss saw Penny cough up another 2 runs in an inning, then Kontos, Hensley, and Machi allowed only one more hit between them. What do we get, 25 guys in the playoffs? 12 pitchers? 13?