So you figure Madison Bumgarner against Adam Wainwright for a summertime pitchers' duel. You pop a chicken in the oven to roast, mix a cocktail for the missus and have a seat, except before you can even sit down - BAM! the Giants are in front. And then, just as you get settled, BAM! - the Giants run up a lead. Oh, my goodness.
Last time out, Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals' ace, threw 8 shutout innings, striking out 12 Reds and garnering his 8th W against 2 L. He had a 1.67 ERA coming into tonight and a 0.85 WHIP. He lasted 4 1/3 innings against the Giants, giving up 7 runs (all earned) on 8 hits. Madison Bumgarner, meanwhile, again struck out 10, only walked 1 in 7 innings. No runs and only 3 hits for Madison. After 7, with the score 9 - 0, it was time to give Huff some work. It is a great opportunity to do just that, if he is going to right himself and remain on the big club, no better time than with a 9-run lead.
Giants had 12 hits. 2 each from Pagan, Pence, Sandoval, Morse and Blanco. Pence's 3-run booming home run was damaging, running the score to 5 - 0 in the second inning, but Blanco made it 7 - 0 in the 5th with a 2-rbi single and Hector Sanchez did likewise to make it 9 - 0 in the 7th. I didn't mind because I once saw the Cardinals score 8 runs against the Giants. In one inning. All on singles. The Cardinals scored some runs off of Huff, but this game was really all about Madison's dominance and Wainwright's lack of dominance. Fun!
The Panda did not get an rbi. That's OK, big fella, just keep swinging the bat.