Saturday, April 12, 2014
Starting pitcher Zo
"Hey, what does a starting pitcher have to do around here to get a W?"
"Really? Oh, OK then."
And with that, Madison Bumgarner went out, hit a grand slam home run and picked up 5 rbis to lead the Giants to a 6 - 5 victory. He damn near hit another home run, too, but it was caught in deep left to score Brandon Crawford.
Angel Pagan and Buster Posey were not in the starting lineup. The game was not crisp - on either side. Pablo threw another one into the stands - that led to a run. The Rockies' Brandon (Barnes) was allowed to score on a caught stealing at second. Carlos Gonzalez hit a monster shot (but so did Madison Bumgarner!). Brandon Crawford got 2 hits and drew a walk. Jorge De La Rosa is a pretty good pitcher, but not against the mighty power of Madison Bumgarner. On the hill, Madison allowed 4 (all designated as earned), walked 2 and fanned 7 in 6 full innings. He gave up nine hits. Sergio looked good for the save.
The last and only San Francisco Giant pitcher to hit a grand slam was that noted powerhouse Shawn Estes. If I had to bet, I would bet that Maddy might have more than one homer in his 2014 arsenal.