Surrendering two runs and four hits over seven innings, Giants ace Madison Bumgarner led San Francisco to a 4-2 victory against the Padres on Thursday in San Diego.
The 23-year-old Bumgarner (10-5, 3.02 ERA) also whiffed six batters and retired 20 out of the final 21 Padres that stepped to the plate.
With Ryan Vogelsong, Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum continuing to sodomize the canine, “Mad Bum” is one of the primary reasons the underachieving Giants (41-50) are only 6.5 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West.
The 10th pick in the 2007 draft, Bumgarner is now 46-35 with a 3.17 ERA over 106 appearances since debuting with San Francisco in September 2009.
Although the 6-foot-5, 225 pound native North Carolinian throws a fastball that barely reaches 93 mph, Bumgarner compensates for his relative lack of velocity with great command and a release point that’s difficult for hitters to locate.
A stellar postseason performer, Bumgarner seems poised to keep the Giants alive in the pennant race.
A true artist on the hill, the extremely athletic Madison Bumgarner has emerged as a Giant in “The Paris of the West.”by