Madison Bumgarner matched up against Felix Hernandez tonight in Seattle. Madison pitched damn well, but Felix Hernandez pitched better. No, that might not even be right. Madison lost. Madison was tossing a no-hitter and the Giants looked like they might break through until a bad hop in the 5th hit Brandon Crawford in the chest and put Mark Trumbo on base. You might dispute whether that should have been scored a hit, but in the 6th, hits from Mike Zunino (?), Austin Jackson and Robinson Cano scored two.
Madison: 8 IP, 2 runs, 4 hits, 1 BB, 9 K
Hernandez: 8 IP, 4 hits, 2 BB, 5 K. But 0 runs.
In his last 2 starts, Madison has thrown 16 innings and given up 3 runs. The Giants, in Madison's last 2 starts have scored exactly 0 runs. And that sucks. June it is, and tonight was not a pleasurable game to watch, even with a masterful match-up of pitching on display.
What do you think, Ron?