Madison Bumgarner put together 7 strong innings for the San Francisco Giants Friday night, matching a season high with 11 K’s on the way to a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Brandon Belt returned to the lineup and ended up a double short of the cycle in a 3 for 4 performance that included 2 RBI, 2 runs, and a solo HR. Brandon Crawford also hit a HR for the Giants, a 2 out 2 run blast to right field in the 7th that stretched the lead to 4-1.
Rays pitcher Chris Archer had surrendered just 1 earned run in his last 31 innings, and pitched well all around – save a 2 out rally by the Giants in the 7th that saw 3 runs come across the plate.
In what was largely a pitchers duel, Brandon Belt got the scoring started in the 5th for the Giants with a 377ft home run to right.
Hunter Pence reached with 2 outs in the 7th inning on an infield dribbler, followed by Belt knocking a triple off the wall in center that was a few feet from going out. Crawford followed with a 2 run knock to right and the Giants distanced themselves for good.
This is San Francisco’s first 3 game win streak since July 11-13th. Since June 8th, the Giants are 7-3 in games started by Madison Bumgarner. He didn’t have the best command on this night, but his stuff was good enough to get him out of a few jams and help seal the victory.
Post Game Quotes:
Guillermo Moscoso has been named the official starter for Sunday’s game and Barry Zito has been relegated to bullpen duty for the foreseeable future. You can check out our report on this issue here. From CSN’s Andrew Baggarly: “I’m thinking about today,” said Zito, “Any time we get into the future, it’s all hearsay. It’s about feeling good and going out there and being pitch to pitch.”