Madison Bumgarner back on the hill last night for the Giants after a three game set in Milwaukee that left them a bit shaken. Some bad starting pitching, not quite enough of a comeback Tuesday, and not being able to hold a game, but the orange-clad home crowd Friday night tried their best to make the Giants forget all that.
Sometimes all you need is a win and some decent pitching to make things look brighter, Madison threw 6 innings, allowing 4 hits, 2 runs and striking out 10 in 99 pitches and no BB. 10 K's in 6 innings is pretty impressive, it means the Brewers only had 8 "chances" in that time. Chase Headley made the most of those chances, though, with 2 rbi, his first in the 1st inning on a sacrifice fly and his second on a solo hr in the 6th. Unfortunately, that put the Giants ahead and we would not be able to win until the 9th inning.
Buster Posey had matched Headley with a sac fly to score Angel Pagan in the bottom of the 1st to tie the game at 1 each. The Giants went ahead in the bottom of the 3rd on a Hunter Pence double to score Posey. The Giants had some chances that they did not capitalize on, they got 10 hits on the night. Gregor Blanco had three, Brandon Belt had two and Madison had one. Too many of these hits, though, came with 1 or 2 outs.
In the 9th inning, Santiago Casilla had already come into the game. When Madison retired after 6 innings, Jose Mijares retired one batter, George Kontos had retired four and Casilla had retired the last batter in the 8th. Santiago dispatched the side, striking out Headley and Yonder Alonso. (Who's on first? Yonder. Not where....). Gregor Blanco started off the bottom of the 9th with his third hit on the evening. Andres Torres followed batting for Santiago, and promptly bunted right back to Luke Gregerson on the mound who put out Blanco at second. Torres was able to steal second base, though, against a pretty decent Gregerson-Hundley combo. That put Angel Pagan up, who looked like he knew how to be patient at the plate and roped a double into right past Chris Denorfia for the game ending rbi. Andres probably would have scored anyway, but that kind of made it not worth chasing the ball. Let's build on those hits today, guys! Another fine outing for Madison, even without a W to his name. The team got one, and it was a team win. Fine defense and enough hitting.