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Bumgarner Shuts Down Brewers

By Melissa Felkins

The Giants beat the Brewers 2-1 behind Madison Bumgarner and got the best of the 3 game series on Sunday afternoon. MadBum really was fantastic. He gave up a first inning home run to Ryan Braun, but after that, he threw 6 more innings of shutout innings. He also hasn’t walked anyone in 23 innings and has only walked 5 guys since May 30. Jonathan Sanchez could walk that many before getting a single out. Bumgarner is pitching good and he’s getting better at the same time.  He even contributed with the bat yesterday, hitting a double and ultimately scoring the first run for the Giants.

The hitters managed to get 2 runs on the board and give him some run support. It wasn’t a lot, but it was all we needed behind such superb pitching form MadBun, Romo and Wilson. Huff went 3 for 4 so it’s good to see him hopefully coming out of his seemingly season-long slump. Belt also went 2 for 2 and drew a walk. He played left field yesterday, while Cody Ross has a break most of the game.

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling encouraged right now. We’re taking most of our series (18-4, I think), but I think next week in Philly will be a good indicator of where we truly are at this stage in the season. If we can take the Philly series, I wouldn’t be surprised if Beltran gets taken off the table and we simply pick up a much cheaper rental player with an okay bat.

On a complete (almost) separate note, one of the kids that I work with sang the National Anthem at the game yesterday (Junior Giants Day), so if you want to see a 12 year old with some pretty good pipes, check it out.