Madison Bumgarner was on the hill for the Giants today, but the story was Joe Panik and the Giants' offense. Joe Panik hit 2 home runs, a first in the major leagues for him, and the second, coming in the 4th inning, was the deciding factor in the game.
Madison Bumgarner was not dominant. He threw 7 innings, gave up 3 runs on 106 pitches, struck out 5 and walked 2. In the 1st, he gave up a triple to the first hitter, Enciarte, who scored on a sac fly. The Giants scored in the 2nd, Belt hit a triple, scored on a Jarrett Parker ground out and a bases empty home run from Joe. Then in the 4th, with Parker on base, Joe hit his second home run, and Denard Span hit a solo shot to make it 5 - 1. Atlanta got close on a 6th inning Freddie Freeman 2 run shot, but that was as close as they would get. In the 7th, Posey walked, Crawford tripled, Belt walked, Parker tripled, Panik hit a sac fly, Nunez hit a solo shot, Gillaspie tripled, Span was hit by a pitch, Hernandez doubled, Posey walked, Crawford singled and Belt singled. 13 - 3. Wait, how many triples? Try 4. The San Francisco Giants did that last year, and in 1960. But a 4 homer and 4 triples in one game? Never been done in Giants history.
Madison Bumgarner was not dominant. But he was good and today, that was good enough. That is huge because he so often has been good and at the losing end of things when only perfection would have mattered. And after yesterday and the return of the no-offense offense, the Giants scored a bunch. The final was 13 - 4. They won the series, their first series win at home since the ASB. They're going to have to win a lot of series from here on out. Throwing in a sweep now and then wouldn't hurt. The Giants starting staff (well, Madbum, Cueto, Moore and Smardjy) has looked good lately. And it would not hurt if Joe Panik continues his drive towards deification.