PHOENIX – It’s the first week of August, with the Giants leading the National League West and Madison Bumgarner making a quality start against another first-place club.
The sentence was just as true on August 7, 2016, when Bumgarner faced the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, but this time, the Southeastern Giants were closing in instead of lifting.
Nearly five years after Bumgarner last pushed the season, he led the last-placed Diamondbacks team to a 3–1 win over his old club with seven innings of a one-run ball.
Matched against his former teammate and fellow 2016 Giants ace, Johnny Couto, the Bumgarner, who looked like a pitcher to succeed deep into his 30s against the San Francisco offense, scored in home runs earlier in the day. Chiefs led.
Tuesday marked Bumgarner’s second debut against the Giants since signing a five-year, $85 million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks ahead of the 2020 season, but his four-innings stint at Oracle Park in San Francisco a year earlier. There was a significant improvement in performance. .
The three-time World Series champion didn’t necessarily throw like a vintage Bumgarner, but he still turned in one of the best performances of any opposing pitcher against a tough lineup. The former Giants ace became just the sixth different starter to complete seven innings while allowing an earned run or less against Kapler’s club, as he joined a list that included three other lefties, AK Cole Irwin, Julio Urea and Kwang Hyun Kim of the Dodgers were involved. of the Cardinals.
“I thought he hit his spot well, was very aggressive, threw a lot of strikes and I think that’s important against our lineup,” Kapler said. “We are very good at scouring pitches and getting to a pitch that we can handle and he continued to pitch.”
Bumgarner was not overpowering against the Giants as he delivered nine batted balls with an exhaust velocity of at least 95 mph, six base hits and one walk, but he was skilled and did what he could against the dominating San. There were many starters. This season Francisco has done it by painting the corners with a strong fastball-cutter combination.
“I don’t think we did our best, but he played a very good defense too,” Kapler said. “We hit a few balls to the button, but he made all the plays. I want another crack at that game, but that’s not in the cards.
The outing was the bumgarner’s best since returning from the injured list after the 32-year-old left-hander after the All-Star break, but it was also the latest in recent good performances as he conceded just five earned runs in 25.0. Four overs innings started in the second half.
In a matchup of two ultra-competitive veteran starters, Cueto lasted only five innings as the Diamondbacks raised his pitch count and tagged him for three second-innings runs.
Cueto pulled his way out of the first jam, but Arizona shortstop Nick Ahmed put his team on the board with a double in the left field corner that Kris Bryant found it difficult to tackle the wall. A short relay throw after a split-second delay from Bryant allowed Christian Walker to score from first base.
The next two Diamondbacks runs were scored shortly after an odd sequence in which catcher Kurt Casali was found to have violated Rule 5.06(b)(3)(e) when he hit the dirt by using his mask to stop the ball. A pitch was framed. . Using detached equipment allowed Ahmed to move to third and Bumgarner to move to second, which eventually led to the Diamondbacks when second baseman Asdrobal Cabrera drilled a double in the right field corner.
“Idiot plays on my side and it shouldn’t be in a big league game and it stinks,” Casali said.
Bumgarner reached against Kyuto on a walk and later dropped a sacrificial bunt against the Giants starter. In his final plate appearance against reliever Aaron Sanchez, Bumgarner made another walk, meaning he still hasn’t taken an official at-bat against the Giants since he left the club in free agency.
“I was being very careful with him,” Kyuto explained. “Of course I already know how much power he has so I didn’t want to make a mistake.”