So, on a day after Tim Lincecum was good enough for a win, Madison Bumgarner was good enough for a win. Not his most dominant self, although Madison did give us 8 innings. He threw 98 pitches, almost 80% of them strikes. Madison gave up 6 hits and 5 runs, including 2 home runs. Again, he did not walk anyone and, in contrast to Tim, struck out 11. Madbum has only walked 13 batters in 11 games, and it seems like a bunch of those must have come in just a couple games. Madison's troubled frame was the 4th, when one of those home runs came with the bases loaded. Two singles and a batter hit by pitch loaded the bases before there was a single out. Madison then struck out the next batter before Jeff Francoeur homered. The second home run came from Andres Blanco in the 8th for a final score of 7 to 5, Giants. I do not know if Andres is any relation to Gregor.
The Giants did not hit any home runs. Nori Aoki, returning from the flu, had 2 rbi, and the other rbi were scattered among Angel Pagan, Brandon Belt, Matt Duffy and Madison Bumgarner. Aoki had 3 hits, and Matt Duffy and Madison each had 2, among the 12 total for the Giants. Many hits make good things. Matt Duffy has had some really good games lately. Not sure how you can pull him from the line-up, even though Casey McGehee has, reportedly, fixed the problems with his swing. I think Jon already used "good enough." Today was an example of the Giants being good enough. That makes for a win, though, and that is what counts. The doggers have not been playing well, they are 3 - 7 in their last 10 even when the Giants were 5 - 5. Let us hope that kind of play continues, for them.