The Giants couldn’t have asked for more from Madison Bumgarner, as eight scoreless innings of two hit ball helped San Francisco to a 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon.
Bumgarner threw 112 pitches over eight innings, allowing just two hits hits while walking two and striking out seven. Bumgarner’s 10th quality start held the Diamondbacks to just two hits over eight innings: a single from former Giant Cody Ross and then a ninth-inning single from Ender Inciarte. Today’s game was Bumgarner’s best of the season, and allowed the Giants’ offense to take control of the game on the offensive side.
Joe Panik made the first major league start of his career, and added to the Giants’ lead in the ninth inning. Panik went 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI on Sunday, scoring Brandon Crawford from first base. Crawford had another strong night, going 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI. He has 36 RBI on the season, close to his career high of 45.
Today’s win brought the Giants their first series win since early May, when they swept the New York Mets from May 6-8.
Tomorrow the Giants come home for a ten game homestand. They’ll take on the Padres, as Matt Cain and faces off against Andrew Cashner, who allowed one run over seven innings in his last outing against the Mariners. Cain will look to turn his season around after giving up eight runs on ten hits in his first five innings against the White Sox on Tuesday.
First pitch at 7:15.