As the commercial says, when Madison Bumgarner is on the mound, you've got to like the Giants' chances. That is especially true when he can give you offense equal what he gives up. Which is a good thing, as the hits did not come thick and fast like they have been for the Giants lately. In fact, the Giants had a total of 6 hits on the day. The 2nd of those 6 happened when Madison went deep in the 3rd inning with no one on base for the first run of the game. Oakland scored 1 to tie the game in the 4th on a Josh Phegly rbi double (ed note: Who?). The 4th hit was a double by Joe Panik in the 6th. A single by Matt Duffy scored Joe for the 2nd Giants run, and the final run of the game. Final 2 - 1 Giants. Now that's more like what we're used to. 2 hits for Joe Panik, 1 each for Matt Duffy, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford, in addition to Madison. Ben Zobrist of the A's had 3 hits himself, out of a total of 6 for Oakland.
Madison also pitched. He was not very sharp for the first 4 innings, then breezed through the last 3 in 30 pitches. Total: 101 pitches, 65 of which were strikes. He gave up 5 hits, 1 run, walked 2, and struck out 7. Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla pitched the 8th and 9th. They each walked a batter and Santiago gave up a hit but no runs were allowed. As I write this, the doggers are losing to the Mets 5 - 0 in the fifth.