We’re still a little over two weeks away from the San Francisco Giants first regular season game, but Madison Bumgarner looked like he was in mid-season form on Wednesday.
Facing a Los Angeles Angeles lineup that included many regulars, including Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, Bumgarner tossed six shutout innings.
He allowed just 1 hit and a walk, while striking out three batters. It was a truly masterful performance from the San Francisco Giants ace.
Now Bumgarner has not allowed a run in his last 11 innings pitched this spring. He probably still has three more tune-ups before Opening Day, but I think the MadBum is ready to roll.
Here are some other takeaways from the Giants 7-4 win:
- Ty Blach Continues to Struggle: After starting out the spring very strong, Blach has regressed in his past two outings. After being handed a 4-0 lead, he quickly gave it up by allowing five straight hits to start the top of the seventh. He’s now given up 6 runs on 10 hits in his last 4.2 innings pitched this spring.
- Eduardo Nunez is ready to play third base every day: There was some doubt that Nunez could be the every day third baseman for the San Francisco Giants, but he eased those concerns for me on Wednesday. He was 1-3 with a double, a run scored and a stolen base, proving that he can do it all offensively. But he also started one of the prettiest double-plays I’ve ever seen from third. It was a small sample size, but I loved the way he played the game on Wednesday, and he made me feel good about him being our third baseman.
- Battle for left field is neck-and-neck: The battle for left field couldn’t be any tighter with Mac Williamson hitting .324 (11-34) and Jarrett Parker hitting .313 (10-32). Williamson has scored 6 runs, hit 2 home runs, driven in three and struck out seven times. Parker has scored 8 runs, hit 3 home runs, driven in 10 and also struck out seven times. The big difference is in walks where Parker has earned seven free passes to just two for Williamson. The good thing is both guys are performing well, but I’m sure the coaching staff would love for one to pull away from the other in the next two weeks.
Check back throughout the final two weeks of spring training as we keep you up-to-date with the San Francisco Giants and all the position battles going on.