Madison Bumgarner hasn’t been on the positive end of the spectrum since the middle of August. He wrapped up the regular season by posting a 5.89 ERA over his final seven starts, and allowed four runs in 4.2 innings in Game 2 of the NLDS. Simply, he hasn’t been very good.
Good turned to worse on Sunday night. The southpaw allowed six runs over 3.2 disastrous innings. Four of those runs came on home runs, as Carlos Beltran and David Freese both hit two-run homers to bury Bumgarner early.
Before allowing a home run to Beltran, he allowed a pair of RBI base-hits to Pete Kozma and Jon Jay. Beltran then proceeded to deliver the dagger to Bumgarner, as manager Bruce Bochy marched out to the mound to summon him for George Kontos. While he might’ve put a dent in Bumgarner’s confidence, his home run that pushed the score to 6-0, didn’t dent San Francisco’s offense from coming back.
The Giants answered St.Louis’s big inning, with a big inning of their own off Cardinals’s starter Lance Lynn. After Marco Scutaro led off the bottom of the fourth with a single, the Giants recorded two straight outs before making their move. Hunter Pence singled to keep the line moving. Then, Brandon Belt smacked an RBI single followed by Gregor Blanco’s two-run triple. To put the icing on a very good inning, Brandon Crawford singled home the Giants’ fourth run. And just like that, the Giants were right back in the thick of the game.
But the Cardinals bullpen picked up Lynn quite well, allowing no runs on just two hits. In retrospect, the Giants’ bullpen didn’t allow a run, either. But Bumgarner’s bad start was the difference.
After composing a promising fourth inning, the Giants didn’t create many more opportunities for themselves to pull even after that frame.
Just like in the NLDS, the Giants are down 0-1 again. They have Ryan Vogelsong on the mound tomorrow against Chris Carpenter.