Following one of his poorest efforts of the season (five earned runs on six hits and two walks in four innings and he struck out two in a 5-0 loss against the Pittsburgh Pirates last Monday), Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants turned in a masterpiece on Sunday.
The left hander went the distance as the Giants belted the New York Mets 9-0 Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. Bumgarner (13-8) picked up his 13th win of the season. He also threw the second complete-game shutout in his career.
Bumgarner needed just 94 pitches (75 for strikes) to record his second career shutout. He issued a walk to the first batter he faced in the bottom of the first inning, but it would be one of very few mistakes he made on the day. Following the walk, Bumgarner retired the next five batters he faced before Wilmer Flores led off the third inning with a double. Following Flores' double, Bumgarner would retire 13 straight batters before David Wright's one-out single in the seventh.
Bumgarner, who struck out 10 batters, allowed just two hits, a walk, and he struck out ten men while lowering his earned-run-average to 3.21. He's won four of his last five starts and has allowed one or no earned runs in three of those starts.
Bumgarner is expected to make his next start Friday at Kansas City.
Hunter Pence and Buster Posey backboned the offense for San Francisco. Pence, batting lead-off, was 3-5 with two home runs and four runs-batted-in; Posey was 4-5 with three RBI.
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