The San Francisco Giants currently hold a one-game lead in the National League West. However, the Colorado Rockies will look to bring the Giants down a notch in the series opener Friday night. San Francisco is hoping starter Madison Bumgarner can dominate Colorado once again, just as he did in a win on April 8.
Bumgarner allowed just two earned runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings. He also struck out five batters and walked five in his second start of the 2013 Major League Baseball season. Bumgarner defeated Jorge De La Rosa on that day, and he will have to do so again if he wants to record his fifth win of the season.
The win against the competitive Rockies did not come easy as Bumgarner felt as if he was pushed to the brink every time he stepped foot on the mound. Not to mention, his outing against Colorado is only one of two appearances this season in which he has not made a quality start.
“Pretty much every inning felt like a battle,” Bumgarner told SFGiants.com after the victory.
San Francisco’s bats must come alive if Bumgarner wants to defeat De La Rosa in round two. Colorado’s left-handed starter is 4-2 with a 2.06 earned run average since the last time he faced the defending World Series champions. Not to mention, he has tossed 14 consecutive scoreless innings, which spans over three starts. In fact, he did not allow a run against the St. Louis Cardinals or New York Yankees in his last two wins.
“He’s dominated some good lineups in this league,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said, according to Rockies.com. “When he’s commanding his stuff, he’s one of the tougher left-handers in the National League.”
The good news for the Giants is that Bumgarner has been just as dominant, if not more so, throughout the season.