Jun 19, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal (12) gets into an altercation with San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) during the second inning at AT
A lovely Wednesday in the Bay Area brought about a pitcher’s duel at AT&T Park between Madison Bumgarner and Eric Stults. Bumgarner was fabulous, striking out eight in seven innings in front of AT&T Park’s 200th consecutive sellout. It was odd not seeing Brandon Crawford at short, but it’s always OK to see Marco Scutaro starting things at second:
Things would get hot in the 2nd inning, as new nemesis Jesus Guzman got a pitch thrown behind him and tempers flared, benches cleared, but no punches were seen thrown
Madison Bumgarner was not afraid, seen yelling “come on!” multiple times. Scared of a confrontation, he was not.
After this, the umpires issued a warning to both benches, Bruce Bochy jokingly asked “Why?” and the two shared a laugh.
The energetic Jesus Guzman would get his revenge on Bumgarner as he launched a mistake just over the cars in left field to give the Padres a 2-1 lead in the seventh.
Here’s a fin for you:
Marco Scutaro would cap the scoring at 4 with a first pitch hanging pitch up the middle, and Blanco would come in to score.
After Padres reliever Tyson Ross struck out every batter he faced, and Giants rookie Jake Dunning played the role of set-up man (and got his first career hold), it was Sergio Romo that came in and dominated. The final out was a 3-1 putout that clinched the series against the Padres.
Romo, not a stranger to emotion himself, let out a roar of victory, showing that this land is his land.
No win would be complete without a victory jump — this one with high fives!
I love winning. This series with the Padres was a very competitive one, and the Giants will indeed have more of these games with them in the future, even when Angel Pagan, and Pablo Sandoval return. Every position player starter in today’s game for the Giants had a hit except for rookie sensation Juan Perez, and even the two pinch hitters in Blanco and Hector Sanchez got a hit themselves.
The Miami Marlins will be coming in from Arizona to play the Giants for four games this weekend. The second place Giants are 1.5 games back of Arizona, whom will be idle tomorrow then have a home series against the Cincinnati Reds.