Madison Bumgarner did not get the win, but he did dominate in a San Francisco Giants loss, 3-2 in 11 innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In a lost season, it’s important to take advantage of the games that are left to prepare for 2018 and the Giants ace did just that tonight. Bumgarner went seven scoreless innings, striking out seven and walking one to lower his ERA to 2.92 on the season.
MadBum also got a base hit off Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu, one of only five hits allowed by the LA left hander. Ryu also went seven scoreless for Los Angeles.
Conor Gillaspie began the top of the eighth with a pinch hit home run off of Josh Fields to give the Giants the lead 1-0. However Sam Dyson allowed a run in the bottom of the ninth to tie it and send the game to extra innings.
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Kelby Tomlinson began the 11th inning with a single. He then stole second and was stealing third a few pitches later when Denard Span rolled a ground ball to the right side of the infield. That put a runner at third base with one out for Joe Panik, who hit the ball back up the middle with the infield brought in to give the Giants the lead.
Albert Suarez came on in the bottom of the 11th, facing the top of the order for the Dodgers. Suarez had spent most of the year in Arizona on the disabled list. The Giants biggest downfall in 2017 has been the combination of their best players not playing to expectations and their lack of depth to make up for injured players. Suarez had been a good middle relief and long relief pitcher for the Giants last season. However, after giving up a double to Corey Seager and an intentional walk to Justin Turner, rookie Kyle Farmer roped the game winning double down the right field line to win the game for the Dodgers.
Despite the Giants blowing two leads to get swept by the rival Dodgers, Bumgarner dominating one of the best lineups in the game is still important as the Giants prepare for the future.