Bumgarner Blanks Reds in History Making Night
By Melissa Felkins
Last night’s Giants game was one for the record books, as well as one Giants fans will remember the rest of the season. Aside from the Giants shutting out the Reds 5-0, here are the important pieces you’ll want to know about last night’s game.
Madison Bumgarner threw a 1-hit, complete game shutout. In case you’re wondering, this was the first complete game thrown by the 22 year old pitcher. Bumgarner gave up the first and only hit in the top of the sixth but the runner was stranded at second.
The Giants broke a consecutive shut out streak by going 36 innings without allowing a run by the opposing team. That record goes all the way back to 1948.
I was at the game last night and I’m going talk a little bit about home field advantage. Our seats were in center field and it was cold, and I mean real cold. Why is this important? Because this is the coldest ballpark in the nation. Balls don’t fly at AT&T and that played right into the hands of of Bumgarner and Buster Posey. Also, all of the Reds outfielders looked cold in the outfield. This was especially true when the fog rolled into the Park.
Offense: It started early, in the first inning, with two outs and after Melky Cabrera walked and Buster Posey singled. Angel Pagan hit a single to right field. Cabrera scored easily and Posey scored on a errant throw to home plate. Five innings later in the sixth Angel Pagan walked with two out and Pablo Sandoval hit a double to score Pagan. In the bottom of the seventh the Giants continued to tack on. Bumgarner started the rally with a single to left field. Gregor Blanco came to the plate and hit a triple. That was probably Bumgarners worst nightmare having to run 270 feet to score. Ryan Theriot singled Blanco home and that concluded all the scoring of the game.
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