San Francisco Giants: Madison Bumgarner Gets 11k’s as Trade Deadline Looms

After having one of his worst outings of the year against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Madison Bumgarner responded in a big way against the Colorado Rockies. Madbum came out strong and retired the first ten batters of the game. Then in the fourth, the Rockies Ian Desmond launched a hanging breaking ball over the fence in left field, to tie the game at 1. Bumgarner wasn’t fazed and he retired the next to batters on a fly ball to center and a strikeout. The San Francisco Giants ace was able to help out his own cause in the bottom half of the inning. Donovan Solano got a 2 out, rbi single to center field and gave the Giants the lead back. Then Madbum kept the line going with a rbi single to left field, to give the orange and black a 3-1 lead.

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In the fifth inning, Bumgarner fought through some walks but was able to get out of the inning with 2 more k’s. In the sixth inning, Madbum had to pitch through a jam caused by the defense. With 2 outs and Charlie Blackmon on second, the Rockies David Dahl hit a fly ball to left field. It looked like the inning was going to be over, but the Giants left fielder Alex Dickerson lost the ball in the lights. The ball fell in for a hit, Blackmon scored, and the score was now 3-2. Bumgarner walked Chris Iannetta intentionally and then his next out became historic.

Madbum strikes out Ryan McMahon swinging and it was his 1695 strikeout of his career. He passed San Francisco Giants great Matt Cain for fifth on the Giants franchise all-time strikeout list. He is now just nine k’s away from tying the Freak, Tim Lincecum. However, Bumgarner might not get that chance with the trade deadline coming up.

The Giants need to rebuild. Thus getting rid of their big ace can bring the team some future young star. Or maybe even some big bats. He sure is pitching like his old self. In fact, he now has a quality start in six of his last seven starts. Madbum has done so much for this franchise and pretty much won the World Series for the San Francisco Giants in 2014. The Giants might even trade their awesome closer Will Smith, who is a perfect 21/21 in save opportunities and a 1.95 era. Anyway, no matter what happens tomorrow or in the next few weeks, Bumgarner will always be forever Giant.

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