The game was perfect until the eighth inning when San Francisco Giants’ (69-62) starter, Madison Bumgarner (15-9, 3.02 ERA), gave up a double down the right field line to Colorado Rockies’ (53-78) first baseman, Justin Morneau. For Bumgarner, it was the only hit of the night as he earned his 15th win and fourth complete game of the season.
Manager Bruce Bochy said that this game couldn’t of come at a better time after yesterday’s sloppy game and tough loss.
“Last night, it was sloppy, you think about the long travel they had to go through coming from Washington and they were off a little bit,” said Bochy, “But they looked very determined to straighten that out tonight and played crisp baseball, a lot of that comes from the pitching and the defense really picked us up especially in the beginning.”
For the night, Bumgarner completed the game going nine innings, with one hit, no runs, no walks, and matched his season high 13 strikeouts over 103 pitches.
“I felt like I was working pretty hard tonight but I felt good, I was making pitches, throwing strikes and getting ahead of people,” said Bumgarner, “The defense was good and offense scored some runs so that’s all you can ask for.”
The defense started off strong from the beginning for the Giants as left fielder, Gregor Blanco, denied Rockies center fielder, Drew Stubbs, an almost home run in the first inning.
However, tonight just wasn’t about the pitcher, it was also about the catcher. Buster Posey went two for four with two home runs, a two run homer in the sixth and a single shot in the eighth, which lifted the Giants over the Rockies 3-0.
Hunter Pence extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single in the third.
“It’s going to be so important to put runs on the board, especially here at home,” said Bochy, “The heart of the order you lean on but it’s going to take contributions from everybody and it’s going to be critical that all these guys keep the line moving down the stretch.”
Rockies’ starter, Jorge De La Rosa (13-9, 4.19 ERA), earned his ninth loss of the season and also left tonight’s game with a left thumb contusion in the sixth inning.
The Giants are currently 1.5 games up above the Atlanta Braves (68-64) for the second National League wild card spot. They are now five games back of their division rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers (75-58).
They continue the four game series tomorrow and send veteran right-hander, Tim Hudson (9-9, 2.99 ERA) to the mound to face Rockies’ lefty, Franklin Morales (5-7, 5.32 ERA). First pitch is at 7:15pm.