Madison Bumgarner looked pretty good today, and when Madison Bumgarner looks good, and the Giants score a couple of runs, they stand a very good chance of winning a game. Last year, Madison had 6 games where he allowed no more than 1 run, and did not not get a win. Today, he allowed 2 runs in 6 1/3 innings, and the Giants offense scored plenty. Madison looked much sharper than he did in Arizona. He threw the ball with better control, being able to keep it down and move it around. He struck out 10, 5 of those guys with runners in scoring position. I think that is his 14th game of 10 K's. Madison only walked one.
In the 7th, Madison was close to out of gas. He gave up a single to Van Slyke the younger, struck out Uribe, then induced AJ Ellis to hit a weak grounder that dribbled through a hole for a hit. A single from Dee Gordon loaded the bases, but then Santiago Casilla got 2 outs to end the inning without a score. Madison threw 114 pitches even though he only issued 1 walk. Yusiermo Petit looked much improved to pitch a scoreless 9th.
The story, again, was offense. A big fly from the Panda with 2 men on base in the 5th changed a tense 2 - 1 game into a 5 - 1 game, and then Buster Posey hit one immediately thereafter to make it 6 - 1. Morse got into the HR game, a solo shot in the 4th. Brandon Crawford picked up the first rbi in the 2nd, and Angel Pagan picked up the 7th in the 6th. Hunter Pence had two doubles.
Well, I'm tickled pink. The Giants have won the first two series, and done it in impressive fashion. I expect to see Matt Cain pitch well and that leaves Tim Hudson, coming off of an excellent start, for the home opener. Madison Bumgarner is now 9 - 3 against LA.