I didn't see Madison Bumgarner pitch today, I was at Golden Gate Park for free Opera. I did get home in time for the Giants to win the thing, though, as Ehire Adrianza, running for Hector Sanchez, dashed home for a 3-2 victory in 11 innings. Here is what I know about Madison. He threw 6 innings, and was removed. Not that he was struggling, probably just to make sure he does not wear down in the dog days. Maddy gave up 4 hits, no walks, no runs and struck out 9. He threw only 89 pitches. The Giants spotted him 2 runs, one by Buster Posey who played first today, but Santiago Casilla gave those runs back in the eighth. Javier Lopez got the win. Ehire Adrianza has no plate appearances, but 1 run to his credit.
Two runs is pretty good support for Madison Bumgarner, and it was nice to see him not take a loss. In his last 10 games, including today, the Giants have scored 14 runs when he has been on the mound. In that time, he has picked up 1 win, with 4 runs of support (leaving 10 spread across 9 games) and 3 losses. He ranks 74th among 80 pitchers ranked in 2013 run support, worse than Matt Cain or Tim Lincecum. But better than some people, like Steven Strasburg. Maybe it was hubris on my part, for talking up Madison as Cy Young-like so early in the season. Perhaps the baseball gods looked upon Madison and said, "Oltre quel' limite."*
After the game, the announcers were talking about how happy the Giants were to get a split. Happy to win the game (on an Angel Pagan single) yes, but happy to get a split? Have we fallen that far? It seems to me that yesterday's game should have been won and wasn't. They should have won 3/4. All in all, we did manage to go 12-7 against the snakes. Kind of surprising.
Giuseppe Verdi "Attila" He also lost. Attila, not Verdi.