Friday, May 30, 2014

Summertime Fun

So you figure Madison Bumgarner against Adam Wainwright for a summertime pitchers' duel.  You pop a chicken in the oven to roast, mix a cocktail for the missus and have a seat, except before you can even sit down - BAM! the Giants are in front.  And then, just as you get settled, BAM! - the Giants run up a lead.  Oh, my goodness.

Last time out, Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals' ace, threw 8 shutout innings, striking out 12 Reds and garnering his 8th W against 2 L.  He had a 1.67 ERA coming into tonight and a 0.85 WHIP.  He lasted 4 1/3 innings against the Giants, giving up 7 runs (all earned) on 8 hits.  Madison Bumgarner, meanwhile, again struck out 10, only walked 1 in 7 innings.  No runs and only 3 hits for Madison.  After 7, with the score 9 - 0, it was time to give Huff some work.  It is a great opportunity to do just that, if he is going to right himself and remain on the big club, no better time than with a 9-run lead.

Giants had 12 hits.  2 each from Pagan, Pence, Sandoval, Morse and Blanco.  Pence's 3-run booming home run was damaging, running the score to 5 - 0 in the second inning, but Blanco made it 7 - 0 in the 5th with a 2-rbi single and Hector Sanchez did likewise to make it 9 - 0 in the 7th.  I didn't mind because I once saw the Cardinals score 8 runs against the Giants.  In one inning.  All on singles.  The Cardinals scored some runs off of Huff, but this game was really all about Madison's dominance and Wainwright's lack of dominance.  Fun!

The Panda did not get an rbi.  That's OK, big fella, just keep swinging the bat.


DrBGiantsfan said...

Gotta mention Hicks' epic PA in the 2'nd inning. 2 outs, 0-2 count, he kept fouling off pitches and Waino threw enough easy takes for him to end up with a 10 pitch walk. Bummy and Pagan followed with 2-out singles and then Pence hit his bomb. Blanco had an 8-pitch AB later in the game and I think Hector had an 11 pitch AB.

Hicks commented that he was "in battle mode."

M.C. O'Connor said...

Wow. Just wow. The Giants are smokin'! Wainwright is as good as they get and the lineup pounded him. Bumgarner got a hit, too, as well as overpowering their very tough lineup. I love the way the Giants are playing, man!

ogc obsessivegiantscompulsive said...

Giants seem to like taking out Hudson's competitors for top ERA! Wow, what a game, and Bumgarner is showing how a pitcher who can hit some can positively impact his team's offense. Without Madison's hit, there's no 4 run inning!