So this is how it is. Last year, Madison Bumgarner had to face Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke. This year, he has to face Clayton Kershaw AND Zack Greinke. That makes it hard to get a win for your ace, and it is that much harder when your team plays shitty defense or scores few runs. The Giants committed no errors tonight, nor did they score enough runs to win the game. After 18 scoreless innings, they did manage to push 1 across the plate, though.
The Giants got as many hits as the d-backs, each team had 7. The Giants got hits in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, and 9th. A quick bit of math will tell you that 7 hits in 6 innings means that only 1 inning had more than 1 hit. That was the 7th. A Gregor Blanco triple was followed by a single from Angel Pagan for the Giants big run-scoring inning. Arizona only scored in 1 inning, also the 7th, on a Wellington Castillo home run. Unfortunately, there was a man on base.
If there was something positive to take from this game in which the Giants dropped their 7th game in their last 8, it was Madison's performance. He threw 7 full, which is an improvement. He had given us 16 innings in his previous 3 starts, and that is not enough considering that his last 2 starts followed Jake Peavy and Matt Cain, who have given us 14 and 15.1 innings, respectively in their 3 starts. Madbum allowed 5 hits, struck out 8 and walked 1. Giants have gone from a good start at 6 - 2 to become a 7 - 9 team. Tomorrow, our sole winning pitcher, Johnny Cueto, faces Shelby Miller.