Madison Bumgarner left no doubt. He will not be pitching in the All Star Game, but he will be there and tonight slammed the door on the first part of the season with a decisive 4 - 0 victory over the snakes.
How decisive, you ask? A complete game. 14 strikeouts. 1 hit, 1 BB. He had a perfect game going into the top of the 5th, when Gregor Blanco dropped what would have been a tough catch to put a man on. He still had a no hitter, though, into the 8th, when Jake Lamb singled. Lamb was the guy who was on base from the Blanco error. 14 strikeouts ties a career high for Madison. He looked for awhile like he was to challenge the strikeout record, 11 K's through 5. No matter, though, it was a thrilling victory to sweep the snakes and send the Giants to the All Star break with the best record in baseball. Brandon Crawford, the guy who is not going to the All Star game (but should!) is tied for 6th in rbi in the National League. He had three tonight. Buster Posey, who is going to the All Star game (and definitely should be there) had three hits. Maybe he will catch Johnny Cueto as a starter there. All in all, this was a great game for a Giants fan. San Diego is probably thinking, "Holy crap, this guy is going to start after the break, too?"
So here is the way I see it. Remember back when the Giants went to St. Louis at the beginning of June? They dropped 2 of 3 there. Then they came home, split 2 games with Boston and turned around and dropped the first game to Kershaw. So, 4 losses in 6 games. But they turned around, took the next 2 games from LA, then swept 3 from Milwaukee at home, swept 3 at Tampa Bay, took 3 of 4 at Pittsburgh and, back home, 2 of 3 from Philadelphia. They stumbled against the A's, losing 3 of 4, before taking 2 of 3 at Arizona, 2 of 3 at home against Colorado and sweeping the snakes in this series. 23 wins in 34 games. Amidst all the cries of a shoddy bullpen, they have done an awful lot of winning. When they have stumbled, they have righted themselves in a hurry. That says to me that they are more likely to make minor moves than major ones. We have some of our starters coming back soon.