Madison Bumgarner faced off against Doug Fister this evening, a repeat of the second game of the 2012 World Series, but with different supporting casts. Madison pitched well, allowing 2 runs in 7 innings of work. He gave up 8 hits, no home runs, struck out 5 and walked 1 in 102 pitches. That should have been good enough for a win.
Doug Fister was better today, though. He threw 97 pitches in 7 innings, gave up 8 hits, struck out 3 and walked 1. None of those hits resulted in a run. The Giants made it exciting in the 8th, when Buster Posey singled and Pablo Sandoval walked to put two runners on with 1 out. Morse and Blanco couldn't move the runners, however. The Nattys did give up a run in the 9th inning. Brandon Crawford led off with a triple off of Rafael Soriano. He scored on a ground out RBI from Brandon Hicks, but the final score remained 2 - 1 Nats. Well played game, tough to take a loss when your ace does well. The Nats have a scary line-up, and they are still without Harper. Got to keep grinding.