I don’t know what happened today, it seems like the last time the Giants won a game, it was last October. Who stopped the Giants 4 game losing streak? None other than the last pitcher who won a game: First time All-Star pitcher Madison Bumgarneror Big Country.
Big Country pitched beautifully and had a perfect game going through 5.2 innings. It probably should have been a perfect game but, the umpire wasn’t calling strike three today. As a matter of fact, all nine of Bumgarner’s strikeouts were swing and miss. There were two outs in the fifth inning on a 1-2 count to Andre Eithier and Bumgarner threw strike three, as evidenced by Jon Miller on the radio but, the home plate umpire called a ball. On the next pitch, Eithier gets a hit and perfect game is over.
This game started a bit on the crazy side. After Gregor Blanco opened up the bottom of the first inning with a double, Marco Scuturo (first time All Star) sacrificed him over to third. Up comes Buster Posey (second time All Star), who hit a beautiful double to the gap and Blanco scored easily. But wait! The umpire card and Don Mattingly’s card had Pablo Sandoval batting third and Mattingly got his revenge on Bruce Bochy for the two visits to the mound a few years ago because the Giants’ batted out of order. Hence, Blanco went back to third, Pablo Sandoval ended up with an unassisted out to the catcher and, then Buster Posey got to bat, again, and flew out to end the inning.
In the second inning, Brandon Belt got Hit By Pitch (way to increase your on base percentage). After the walk, Andres Torres hit an infield single, followed by a Brandon Crawford reaching on an error. Bases loaded for Big Country and he delivers with a bases loaded walk. Bases loaded for Gregor Blanco who hits an infield single and Marco Scuturo hit a sacrifice to right field.
Two innings later, Andres Torres reaches second base on an error by Hanley Ramirez. Brandon Crawford sacrificed Torres to third and yes Big Country came through again with a sacrifice to right field. If you’re keeping county Bumgarner had two of the four RBI’s for the Giants on this day.
The game was pretty easy after that. The Dodgers did leave have scoring opportunities after that but, were unable to take advantage of a one-out triple by Hanley Ramirez in the top of the 7th and a one out double in the top of the eighth.
Sergio Romo struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 20th save of the season.