In game two of today’s games, San Francisco Giants’ (67-59) starter, Madison Bumgarner (14-9, 3.17 ERA) dominated the Chicago Cubs (55-72) after a rocky start in the first inning.
Bumgarner struggled early in the first, giving up back-to-back home runs to Justin Ruggiano and Wellington Castillo, to give the Cubs an early 3-1 lead. But that would be all the Cubs would score for the rest of the game as Bumgarner regained control in the second inning.
Overall, Bumgarner went seven innings giving up seven hits, three earned runs, one walk and striking out a season high 12 batters. He earned his 14th win of the season.
With the Giants down two runs, Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval both came through with clutch hits aiding in Bumgarner’s win. Sandoval went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in the game while Posey went 4-for-4. Posey hit his 14th home run of the season, which broke the 3-3 tie in the fifth inning.
The Giants are now 3.5 games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers (72-57) and are holding on to the second wild card playoff spot.
In what has been an overall odd series, with game one now being deemed “Tarp Gate”, the Giants look to have a happy flight to Washington D.C. where they will face the NL East division leaders, Washington Nationals (73-59).
The Nationals are currently on a 10-game winning streak and the Giants hope to break that streak by sending veteran Tim Hudson (8-9, 3.03 ERA) to face Nationals’ ace, Doug Fister (12-3, 2.20 ERA). As long as there aren’t any rain delays or tarp issues, the first pitch will be at 4:05pm.