Madison Bumgarner is officially off of the Major League Baseball welcoming committee.
In the midst of Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu‘s major league debut, Bumgarner pitched a two-hit shutout over eight innings. Ryu, on the other hand, lost the first game of his career by surrendering 10 hits and one earned run.
For Bumgarner, it’s yet another in a long line of great performance against Los Angeles. Bumgarner is now 5-1 with a 1.94 ERA in six starts against the Dodgers in the last two seasons. San Francisco expects greatness from Bumgarner on a nightly basis, but capitalizing against their biggest rival is even more satisfying.
Bumgarner has pitched eight scoreless innings for the second straight time against the Dodgers. The only two hits given up by Bumgarner were doubles by A.J. Ellis and Andre Ethier.
In December, Los Angeles signed Ryu to a seismic six-year, $36 million and he immediately made the move to put him on the major league roster. Ryu is the first player to go directly from the Korean Baseball Organization to a major league roster without making a pit stop in the minor leagues.
The Giants exhibited exactly why they are reigning World Series champions, and how they may be able to repeat: pitching. San Francisco doesn’t score a lot of runs, but the combination of Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and a stellar bullpen make the Giants almost unbreakable.
Bumgarner may not have been very welcoming on his opponents major league debut, but I’m sure he’ll be very friendly at the San Francisco Giants’ next parade.
John Engel is a Pac-12 college basketball writer for Rant Sports and also works for ESPNLA 710 AM in Los Angeles. Follow John on Twitter: @engelsportsguy.