Punchlessness (n) Without the state or quality of having punch, or possessing the state or quality of a distinctive lack of punch. Weak. Feeble.
Boy, after last night, I kind of got my hopes up that this post-All Star stretch of bad, bad baseball. But I guess yesterday's victory was more of a oddity than a trend. Giants drop the series to the worst team in the NL Central by a score of 2 - 1. Yes, another start by Madison Bumgarner without a victory to show for it.
Well, let's talk about Madison's day. He went 8, struck out 9, gave up 5 hits and walked none. He gave up a home run, to Jay Bruce, of course, Bruce's 4th home run of this series. Maybe we just shouldn't pitch to that guy. So there was that run, which was earned. And another, which wasn't. In the 5th inning, with 1 out and Brandon Phillips on 1st, Suarez hit a ball to the wall, which Angel Pagan couldn't hold on to. That put Phillips on 3rd, and a fly ball turned into a sacrifice. So that was another run, not earned, but it gave Madison the loss. Madison also had 1 hit.
And now, the rest of the team. Conor Gillespie hit a home run with no one on base. Pagan had 2 hits, Belt had a walk. That was it, a total of 5 stinkin' baserunners the entire game. So since the ASB, Madison has given up 4, 2 and 1 earned runs and been on the receiving end of 3 losses. His run support in those games: 1, 2 and 1 run. Well, good luck against Washington, guys, you're gonna need it.