The last few starts for Madison Bumgarner have not given the San Francisco Giants a ton to be happy about. Having given up twelve combined runs in the last three outings, Bumgarner took the field in the first game of the three game series the Giants have in Atlanta against the potent Atlanta Braves. Instead of continuing to stumble, especially with it being a road game for the Giants who have struggled on the road, Bumgarner straight dominated.
I’m not sure how it went in the bottom of the first inning but I would like to think that Bumgarner snatched the ball out of the air as he prepared to throw the first pitch of his night. Whatever was going on inside his head, he should try to replicate it over and again because he didn’t even give up a hit until the sixth inning. The line as a whole was 7.0 innings with 2 hits given up and 0 runs. To shut down that offense at their home field doesn’t happen very often.
Bumgarner was more than up to the challenge as he walked only one and struck out ten Braves hitters. Sure the Braves have had some high strikeout games but they also lead the national league in homers. They didn’t even sniff one against Bumgarner on this night. Who knows how his next start will go but a dominant start like this is most certainly something he should be able to build on. For the Giants to get this guy back to form for the rest of the first half would be a golden chance to tighten the NL West division.