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San Francisco Giants Pitching Staff Outshines Duel With the D-Backs

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 21: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the first inning at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum on July 21, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JULY 21: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the first inning at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum on July 21, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants bullpen out-duel the division-leading Diamondbacks en route to a win courtesy of some ninth-inning heroics.

Since his return from the disabled list, all eyes have been on Madison Bumgarner. Rumors have swirled surrounding the San Francisco Giants ace, yet every fifth game he is expected to take the mound and deliver a gem.

Such was the case of Bumgarner’s Tuesday night start. The big southpaw provided seven innings of strong pitching against a volatile D-Backs lineup.

Four walks and two errors didn’t come back to hurt Bumgarner as he finished his night with a goose egg in the run column.

Sam Dyson and Will Smith followed suit out of the bullpen, unwavering under the pressures of a tight ballgame.

Throughout the season, the San Francisco Giants pitching staff has carried the freight of this slightly improved team.

Though the blown save numbers are still high, this is clearly not the same pitching staff of the past two years.

Fighting against injuries and a sputtering offense, the Giants arms have helped this team remain relevant in the NL West.

With Curt Young in his first year of tenure and impressive showings out of some young arms, there is a lot to look forward to from the Giants pitching staff in the future.

While it is always great to shut down opponents, you cannot win games with zero runs. Although the Giants tried their best to do so, Gorkys Hernandez was able to provide a key hit in the bottom of the ninth driving in Steven Duggar for the win.

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