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Bumgarner Blanks Red; Giants Win Again PDF Print
Written by Mike Kelly   
Friday, 29 June 2012 11:24

The San Francisco Giants have arguably the best pitching staff in National League, let alone Major League Baseball. The Giants (44-33), who have posted four consecutive shutouts, have moved into first place in the National

League Western Division. They own a one-game lead on the Los Angeles Dodgers, a team they swept and blanked three times this week.
Well, Madison Bumgarner took his turn on the mound Thursday night, and he threw a gem as he blanked the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 at AT&T Field. Bumgarner (10-4), who threw his first complete game of the year, won his fifth straight decision. The left hander tossed a one-hit shutout, struck out eight, and walked two as he lowered his earned-run-average to 2.85 (he had a 2.53 ERA on April 29 before he lost four straight).
"It's nice to get a complete-game shutout," Bumgarner said. "But four straight shutouts? That's awesome. By the numbers, it's the best game I've thrown," Bumgarner said. "But I've felt better and gotten beaten up pretty bad. That's the way this game goes."
The Giants became the 17th team to have four or more consecutive shutouts since 1918. The Baltimore Orioles did it most recently, with five straight in 1995.
Bumgarner will make his next scheduled start at Washington against the Nationals Tuesday, July 3.


Photo Courtesy: Madison Bumgarner, PHOTO SUBMITTED


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