The National League Cy Young award belongs to Clayton Kershaw, but fellow lefty Madison Bumgarner, is having quite a good season as well.
Bumgarner, who tallied his 199th strikeout of the year on Thursday afternoon, carved the Mets up in a 2-1 win. He pitched seven innings and allowed just a single run. At the end of the day, 10 strikeouts sat in his box score column.
The Mets got to Bumgarner in the fourth. Josh Satin, Wednesday night’s hero, doubled. Moments later, Daniel Murphy grounded a single into center field to plate Satin.
That’s all New York could muster, though. The southpaw reached the 200-inning plateau for the third straight year and trimmed his ERA to 2.77.
Offense wasn’t a theme on Thursday, both for the Mets and Giants. San Francisco didn’t need much to earn a win behind Bumgarner’s brilliant outing, however.
San Francisco scored both of its runs in the fourth. Hector Sanchez doubled, followed by Joaquin Arias’ RBI single. Juan Perez’s clean single knocked in the first run, and Ehire Adrianza’s speed earned the Giants their second run.
The Giants’ bullpen secured Bumgarner’s 13th win of the season. Jean Machi pitched a scoreless frame. Santiago Casilla, however, was removed after walking a batter in the ninth. Bruce Bochy, dodging a repeat of Wednesday night’s collapse, quickly replaced Casilla with Javier Lopez, who closed the game out.