Saturday, September 6, 2014

Madison Bumgarner Not Sharp, Giants Win Anyway

The Giants took the second game from Detroit by a score of 5 - 4.  David Price pitched 8 2/3 innings against the Giants, and in most of them, held the Giants scoreless in the first time (I think) he has faced them.  The Giants got 5 hits for 4 runs in the first inning, all after the first two batters were out!  Detroit answered with a 2 run home run from Miguel Cabrera in the bottom of the first, then added a solo home run from Victor Martinez in the bottom of the third.  In the top of the fifth, Buster Posey added to the Giants score with a solo home run of his own to make the score 5 - 3.  Finally, in the bottom of the eighth, Miguel Cabrera hit the first pitch from Sergio Romo, a slider, over the fence for a final Detroit run.  He had been waiting for that slider for almost two years.

When Madison Bumgarner pitches, you think of these kind of descriptors:  dominant, efficient, damn near unhittable.  He was none of those things.  Here is a comparison with his last couple of performances:
Today vs. Detroit              6 IP,  10 hits,  3 runs,  2 home runs,  0 BB,  0 K,  100 pitches, 66 strikes
Aug. 31 vs. Milwaukee     6 IP,    5 hits,  1 run,   0 home runs,   1 BB, 7 K,   96 pitches, 63 strikes
Aug. 26 vs. Colorado        9 IP,    1 hit,    0 runs, 0 home runs,   0 BB,  13 K,  103 pitches,  80 strikes

I'm not suggesting that something is wrong with Madison, today though, he struggled.  Detroit hit the ball hard, and even the fouls were loud.  However, he picked up his 17th win.  It is popular these days to poo-poo wins for pitchers, but the Giants did not have any pitcher to achieved 17 wins in 2013.  Also in 2012, no pitcher achieved 17 wins.  That was true for 2011 and also for 2010.  The last pitcher to get 17 wins on the Giants was Tim Lincecum in 2008 (who, by the way, had an excellent inning last night).

Buster Posey is now 33 for his last 65 at bats dating back to August 21.  If you throw in the May 22 make-up game finished on Monday, September 1, he is 34 for 66.  Today, a single, a double and a home run.  Including today, 7 home runs since August 21.  Rbis for Joaquin Arias, Pablo Sandoval, and 2 for Andrew Susac, whose first inning double drove in Hunter and Pablo for the 3rd and 4th runs.  Tomorrow, Tim Hudson against newbie Kyle Lobstein.


M.C. O'Connor said...

Great win against a great pitcher in a hitter's park! Giants were all over it in the 1st and made it stand up. Casilla looked good in the 9th, as did Machi in the 7th. Cabrera, as you say, owed Romo one.

The last two games have been impressive. Let's hope they can keep this stretch of good ball going for the final few weeks!

ogc obsessivegiantscompulsive said...

Now THAT is what aces do!!!

Brother Bob said...

Their starter gives up 4 runs in the 1st inning then goes on to almost pitch a complete game. Our starter strikes out no one, walks no one, is gone after 6 innings and he's the winner. Weird shit.
I literally L'ed-OL when Cabrera hit that homer off Romo. First pitch. Whack! The image of Romo screaming at the sky after he struck out Cabrera is THE image of Giants' recent success. And I have so much respect for Cabrera. What a fine ballplayer.