San Francisco Giants
The Giants’ Madison Bumgarner, entering his sixth season, is beginning to show mastery of his pitches.
Jeff Mathis hit an early home run, then lined a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning that bounced off Giants center fielder Andres Torres and sent the Miami Marlins over San Francisco Giants 6-5 Sunday.
Inclement weather forced Madison Bumgarner to exit his last outing. The Miami Marlins can claim responsibility each time they’ve faced him.
With a score that resembled a football gamemore than baseball, the San Francisco Giants came out on top with their best offensive performance of the season.
Tim Lincecum and David Price pitched as expected against struggling lineups. Then, with the former Cy Young Award winners out of the game in the 10th inning, the San Francisco Giants couldn’t get anybody out.
With the Major League Baseball trade deadline looming, the Miami Marlins are actively shopping starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco to teams needing a number three or four starter for their rotation.
Miami manager Mike Redmond got immediate results from his decision to put Justin Ruggiano in the leadoff spot. Ruggiano started the game with a home run in his third career start in the leadoff spot and added a two-run shot in the ninth that broke it open for the Marlins.
For much of the season, Matt Cain didn’t look like the three-time All-Star that had won 55 games over the last four years. Now he seems to be returning to form.
On a night the San Francisco Giants received yet more disappointing news that center fielder Angel Pagan could be headed for surgery on his re-injured left hamstring, Andres Torres appeared to avoid a serious problem with his right knee.
Three days after the death of his father, Barry Zito will take the mound as scheduled for the struggling San Francisco Giants.