Dave Flemming said he was shocked. Mike Krukow agreed. I bet the fans going home from the Phone were shocked. Unless they were numb. Or expected the outcome with 1 run of support. Madison Bumgarner pitched scoreless ball into the 7th, when, following singles by Gaby Sanchez and Josh Harrison, Clint Barmes golfed a low, inside pitch that was probably not a strike over the far right field wall for 3 runs. It was enough for a final score of 3-1. The Giants scored 1 run off of Ground Chuck Morton, but probably didn't deserve that. Posey doubled in the fourth, then took third on a wild pitch and scored on a Roger the K pop fly to left that fell within feet of 3 Pirates.
Madison allowed 7 hits and walked 4 to Morton's 7 hits (plus 1 by the closer, Mark Melancon) and 1 walk. Before tonight, the Giants have not won when Madison has been on the mound since August 2. Madison has 2 L including last night's. In the four starts including last night, he has given up 12 runs (not all of them earned), and the Giants have scored 5 runs. In four games. Cained! And speaking of Matt, he is now on the DL for the first time. He had the third most IP without a miss before now.
The Pirates are headed for the playoffs. And, they are close to a certainty to finish the year at over .500. That will be the first time in 20 years that has happened. 20 years! Barry Bonds was a Pirate the last time they were over .500. I guess we should be grateful to have watched so many years of competitive baseball. Even though we are not doing it this year.