Tag Archives: Madison Bumgarner

Bumgarner Lands on DL with Broken Pinkie

By Chandler Guadagnin

Thursday was dooms day for the Giants. It was a pure Spring Training nightmare. In Friday’s 9-6 loss to the Royals, a sunny Arizona afternoon, became dark.

Not only did the Giants lose their final game in Arizona, the Giants lost their Opening Day starter to boot. On the first pitch of the third inning, a Whit Merrifield liner caught Madison Bumgarner flush on the left hand, causing a deep silence to fall over the ballpark. Not long after the end of the play, Bumgarner marched off of the mound with head trainer, Dave Groeschner. From that point on, the game broadcast was filled with speculation and nervous anticipation.

After the conclusion of the game, San Francisco released the results of the X-Ray, announcing that Bumgarner, does indeed have a broken pinkie.

This Spring Training, Mad Bum tallied a record of 1-2. In 6 Spring games, Bumgarner posted an ERA of 3.43, striking out 30 and surrendering 18 hits over 21 innings pitched.

Bumgarner is expected to miss the first 6 to 8  weeks of the year.  This news will indeed have a trickle down effect on the Giants season.

Derek Holland, who was battling for a spot in the Giants rotation, now finds himself in the middle of it. In addition, Johnny Cueto will likely start on Opening Day against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.

On top of that news, the Giants announced the time table for Jeff Samardzija’s return from injury. Samardzija, who sustained a right pectoral muscle strain, in a Wednesday minor league start, will miss up to one month of the season.

The Giants find themselves in an uncertain situation, to say the least. However, one thing is for sure, San Francisco’s offseason additions will need to  step up more than expected.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com

Giants Win Wild Card Game, Going To Chicago

By Chandler Guadagninwc-box-score

One ticket for Chicago please. The Giants have defeated the Mets 3-0 in the 2016 National League Wild Card Game and are moving on to the NLDS to face the Chicago Cubs.

The game did not disappoint, Madison Bumgarner and Noah Syndergaard matched each other pitch for pitch. Bumgarner was his usual self, and the 24 year old Mets phenom, Noah Syndergaard, blew the Giants away over seven innings of shutout baseball. In fact, Syndergaard struck out five of the first eight batters he faced. The difference in the game was that Noah Syndergaard was removed after seven innings and 108 pitches and Bumgarner was able to complete the game on 119 pitches.

The Giants, who did not get a hit until a Denard Span 2 out, sixth inning single, did not panic. They played their version of baseball; yes it was torture and their were close calls, but as they always do, the Giants got the job done when it counted. San Francisco, who was shutout over eight innings by Mets’ pitching. However, in the ninth inning with two men on and two men out, the man of the hour, Conor Gillaspie, stepped to the plate. On one swing of the bat, Gillaspie announced with a bang, that he had arrived in October. On a one-one pitch, Gillaspie sent one over the right field wall. That proved to be the difference in the game. Bochy then sent out Bumgarner to wrap it up, and that he did, in 1-2-3 fashion.

After throats are sore and the bubbly is gone, the Giants will turn their attention to the 103 win Chicago Cubs, against whom they have had tight games. For now, however, it is time to celebrate.

NLDS Game 1 is scheduled for Friday, October 7, at the friendly confines of Wrigley Field. You can catch all of NLDS Game 1 action on FS1 or listen to the play-by-play action on KNBR 680 at 6:15 PM PT. You can also log onto kpaysports.com for analysis of Game 1 tomorrow.

Moments That Mattered:

  • Following a double from Crawford and a strikeout of Pagan, Mets closer Jeurys Familia, walked Joe Panik on a 3-2 pitch. This forced the Mets to pitch to Conor Gillaspie,
  • Conor Gillaspie’s home run came off of Juerys Familia. In 77.2 innings of work with 51 saves, Familia had given up just one homerun all season.
  • Due to the Mets aggressive nature, Bumgarner was able to keep his pitch count low in the early innings, allowing him to have a chance at the complete game shutout.
  • With the complete game shutout tonight, Madison Bumgarner has become the first player to throw two complete game shutouts in winner take-all games.

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Breaking Down The 2016 NL Wild Card Game

By Chandler Guadagnin

With the Giants 7-1 victory over the Dodgers on Sunday Afternoon, they clinched the second spot in the NL Wild Card race and will travel to New York  to battle the Mets for the right to take on the Cubs in the NLDS.

The game will feature two of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball, Madison Bumgarner will face up against Noah Syndergaard in a one game playoff under the lights of Queens, New York.

In 2016, Madison Bumgarner posted a 15-9 record with a 2.74 ERA and 251 strikeouts in 226.2 innings pitched and 34 games. The Mets’ Noah Syndergaard recorded a 14-9 mark with a 2.60 ERA and 218 strikeouts in 183.2 innings pitched and 31 games.

As baseball has continually shown, the postseason is an entirely other monster. Statistically, Madison Bumgarner may have the edge because they have already experienced a Wild Card Game on the road.  Take a look at how these two aces’ records matchup against each other:

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Despite how much the game is broken down and analyzed, one can never know how the game will truly turn out.

You can catch all of the NL Wild Card Game on ESPN at 5:00 PM PT or, listen via KNBR 680.

Statistics courtesy of www.baseball-reference.com

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Giants Take Series At Home Behind Big Bats

By Chandler Guadagnin

With a 13-4 shellacking of the Braves, Sunday afternoon, the Giants claimed their first home series win since the All Star Break.

The Giants sent Madison Bumgarner to the mound to face off against the Braves’ Aaron Blair. Despite what the score might indicate, the teams were deadlocked for most of the contest until the seventh inning. San Francisco would go on to post an 8 run seventh inning; in which, they sent 15 men to the plate.  The offensive outburst was fueled by a home run,  three triples, a double, and three walks.

In all the Giants received home runs from Joe Panik (2), Denard Span, and Eduardo Nunez. The Giants would also record triples from Brandon Crawford, Jarrett Parker, Connor Gillaspie, and Brandon Belt. With four home runs and four triples in the same game, San Francisco, becomes the first team to accomplish the feat in 18 years.

Bumgarner, who was pinch hit for in the seventh inning, recorded his 13th win of the year; he is now 13 and 8. Blair was handed the loss, dropping him to 0 and 6 on the season. With the Dodgers 1-0 win over the Cubs on Sunday, the Giants remain 2 games out of first in the NL West.

The Giants (71-59) will next send Johnny Cueto to the bump to square off against Zack Greinke and the Diamondbacks (55-76) at AT&T Park on Tuesday. Game time is scheduled for 7:15PM PT. You can catch all the action on CSN Bay Area or listen live on KNBR 680AM.

Important To Note: with a home run in the 2nd and 4th innings, Joe Panik records the first multi-homer game of his career.

Bumgarner Flirts With No-No As Giants Nail Down Sweep

By Chandler Guadagnin

Despite the fact that Madison Bumgarner will not pitch in the 2016 All-Star Game, in San Diego, Bumgarner more than  showed why he is a National League All-Star. Bumgarner took the mound Sunday night as the San Francisco Giants looked for the sweep of the Arizona Diamond Backs. Early on it was clear that the Bumgarner-Posey battery was clicking.

In the first inning, Bumgarner retired the side 1-2-3, with two of the three outs coming via the strikeout. The Giants backed Bumgarner almost immediately; as in the bottom of the first, with runners on second and third, Buster Posey slashed an RBI single to right field. The Giants would go on to add three more runs on ten more hits, but one run would prove to be more than enough as Bumgarner’s first inning was the norm rather than the exception. He cut through the Arizona lineup like butter as he retired the side in order until- with two outs in the fifth inning- Giants right fielder, Gregor Blanco, would lose a fly ball in the sun, resulting in an error. That put  an end to the perfect game bid; however, the no-hitter survived. Bumgarner would continue to pitch his heart out until, with one out in the eighth, Jake Lamb, singled on a Bumgarner curveball. Mad Bum would not lose his focus, however, as the next play was a groundball double play to second base. In the end, Bumgarner threw a complete game, one-hit shutout, on a season high 117 pitches.

With the win the Giants improve to  a Major League best, 57 and 33 on the year and complete the sweep of the D-Backs. The Giants will look to win their fifth in a row following the All-Star break. Game time is schedule for Friday, July 15th at 7:40PM PT against the Padres at Petco Park.

Behind The Numbers:

With the victory Bumgarner moves his record to 10 and 4. In 9 innings of work, the Giants ace culminated 14 strikeouts, 9 of which came on the curveball. The 14 K’s matches a career high for Bumgarner. In this his last start before the All-Star break, Madison drops his ERA to a spectacular 1.94. Bumgarner now has 6 shutouts in his career. Four of the six are one hit shutouts.