After a rough start in Cincinnati, Madison Bumgarner was slated to start against the Phillies. With the Giants playing at home, one would think that there is that home field advantage roaming around somewhere.
A rocky first inning saw Bumgarner allowing three base runners, but he managed to get out of the jam thanks to a caught stealing call that went the Giants’ way and a double play.
The second inning wasn’t as neat. Back-to-back home runs by Hunter Pence and John Mayberry, Jr. got the Phillies on the board quickly.
Bumgarner settled down, eventually, pitching eight strong innings. With the way the game started, it’s not what many fans would have expected from the young lefty. He would go on to prove otherwise, though. His final line would be 8 IP/6 H/2 R/2 ER/2 BB/9 SO.
The offense was inept as ever. The fact that Cliff Lee was on the mound for the abhorred Phillies did not help matters.
A couple of hits here and there weren’t enough. There was no chance for the Giants to score any runs. Any chance of getting a rally going was killed almost immediately.
And the unfortunate Caining befell Madison Bumgarner. A solid start, wasted once again.