If you want to know how long it has been since Madison Bumgarner only lasted 3 innings, you have to look back at least to before 2012. He lasted 4 in the first game of 2014, and had a few 4 or 4+ inning games in 2012, but nothing more recently. It's too bad, too, because I was all set to write about how good the pitching has been to start the season. The Giants piled up 37 hits in Arizona. In three games in San Diego, they have 16. San Diego, however, has 32 (20 of them tonight).
Madison gave up 5 runs, all earned, on 10 hits in 3 innings. He was, to be kind, not sharp. Ryan Vogelsong and was slightly more successful, giving up 5 runs, 4 earned, on 9 hits lasting 3 2/3 innings. George Kontos was called in to clean up this Cubs-mens-room of a game and performed admirably, surrendering no runs in the remaining 1 1/3 inning. Joaquin Arias hit a home run. Why? Because Casey McGehee seems to have hurt himself swinging. Kinda sloppy defense, too. Final score 10 - 2. The Giants are now 3 - 3 on the young season, as are the San Diegans. I really wanted to post about the Giants' great pitching. Let's see what Mr. Peavy brings tomorrow.