I saw Madison Bumgarner Tuesday night.
It wasnâ€™t a date, though it was pretty close. Iâ€™ve seen him so many times before that Iâ€™ve lost count. In my mind, I always make a tally of which Bumgarner Iâ€™m about to see: long-haired Bumgarner, well-kempt Bumgarner or angry Bumgarner. Sometimes itâ€™s all three.
Every time weâ€™re in the same stadium, I am laser-focused on his pitching performance, captivated by his wind-up and awe-struck by his fastball. I showed up to AT&T Park Tuesday night looking to say â€˜hiâ€™ to my old friend, hoping he would turn around just once so I can take his photo.
And boy did I get the chance. Sitting in the fourth row behind the Giants dugout, I thought I was in heaven. I got to take photos and videos of MadBum, Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, Jake Peavy and, no list is complete without him, Bruce Bochy.
And thatâ€™s about the only thing I remembered from the night.
The Giants had a tough week beginning with an extra-innings loss Monday night to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Tuesday nightâ€™s 3-0 loss offered the best example why the team has struggled so much since starting the season 4-1.
Former Giants ace Matt Cain was tagged with the loss after surrendering three runs in 4 2/3 innings. He threw him 87 pitches, per ESPN, walking four and striking out two.
The offense, led by Buster Posey and Hunter Pence, managed to get only five hits off Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray, who earned his first win of the season.
The next game saw the team struggle offensively against former American League Cy Young-award winner Zack Greinke. I was there to witness his dominant performance of one run and seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings, per ESPN.
Where can the Giants offense be found? It scored 10 runs in the four-game series that the Diamondbacks swept, and seven of those runs came in the first game.
Iâ€™m sure the offense will come around as the season progresses, but one who follows the Giants must wonder about the teamâ€™s manic-depressive qualities. Consistency is whatâ€™s needed if the team wants to make the postseason, which to be fair is more than five months away. Nevertheless, a 9-11 start is not what the Giants wanted.
But the easier problem to solve than a woeful offense is Matt Cain. On Sunday against the Miami Marlins, Cain got a no-decision after giving up ten hits and four runs over 5 2/3 innings.
His ERA is a sky-high 6.43. Isnâ€™t it time for the Giants to look for someone new?
Bumgarner, Cueto and Samardzija are rotation anchors who have a combined 6-4 record. Cain and Peavy are 1-3.
What a victory!
After blowing a six-run lead to the Colorado Rockies, the Dodgers found themselves trailing 10-7 heading to the top of the ninth in Sundayâ€™s matinee.
Clutch hits from Chase Utley, Trayce Thompson and AJ Ellis pushed the Dodgers ahead 12-10. The Rockies bullpen, which had only given up one hit over five-plus innings, fell apart in the ninth when it surrendered five hits and five runs.
The late-inning comeback pushed the Dodgers overall record to 12-7, earning the team a comfortable lead in the National League West standings.
Though the Dodgers bullpen struggled in its series against the Rockies, it did an impressive job in Atlanta. The team finished the week 4-2.
Numbers never lie
0.Â Thatâ€™s a number is neither positive nor negative, and it also happens to be Dodgers closer Kenley Jansenâ€™s ERA.