The San Francisco Giants came into today looking for revenge against the hated rival Los Angeles Dodgers and they got exactly that. After starting off the season being shutout 4-0 by Clayton Kershaw, San Francisco sent 23-year-old Madison Bumgarner to the hill and he delivered in a big way.
Bumgarner (1-0) shutout the Dodgers offense for 8 innings while only allowing 2 base runners during that time. Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier found a gap in the 2nd inning with 2 outs, but Bumgarner got out of the inning by striking out catcher AJ Ellis. Bumgarner went on to roll through 18 consecutive batters until the 8th when he gave up another 2-out double, this time to Ellis. He was simply dominating the Dodgers bats all night, and finding his spots with ease. Of the 101 pitches he threw 76 went for strikes, in what was simply a masterful performance. Bumgarner also contributed with the bat, picking up a single in the 5th inning and an RBI on a fielder’s choice in the 7th. In his first start of the season, Bumgarner showed a near perfect repertoire with Buster Posey and hopes that will continue as the season progresses.
Sergio Romo came in for the first time this year for his first save opportunity of the 2013 season. Skip Schumaker came in to pinch-hit and hit a deep fly ball to center field where it was hauled in by Angel Pagan. After the scare, Romo settled in and got Carl Crawford to ground out to first baseman Joaquin Arias. He finished the game off by striking out Mark Ellis looking to pick up his first save of the season.
San Francisco broke out of a slump offensively scoring 3 runs, after failing to even get a man to third on Monday. The Giants got off to a great start to begin the game against rookie SP Hyun-Jin Ryu on back to back singles by Pagan and Marco Scutaro. Ryu quickly settled in and forced a quick line out, followed by a double play to end the inning. It was a similar fashion for the Giants in the second inning but once again Ryu forced a double play. San Francisco finally picked up their first run of the season in the 4th inning. Buster Posey and Hunter Pence hit back-to-back singles before Joaquin Arias drove Posey in on a single to center. It would be all the Giants needed in the game as Bumgarner continued to stifle the Dodgers bats. San Francisco put up 2 more runs on the board in the 8th on a fielder’s choice when shortstop Justin Sellers overthrew AJ Ellis at home allowing Arias and Andres Torres to score.
Ryu (0-1) debuted to a crowd of just over 45,000 and proved to be worth every penny of the 6-year $36 million deal he received in the offseason. Ryu gave up 10 hits but only allowed 1 earned run in 6 1/3 innings of work while striking out 5 batters with no walks. Ryu ran into some trouble early in the game but continued to find a way to escape out of a jam with inning ending double plays. For someone who never threw a single pitch in the Minors, Ryu certainly looks ready for the majors.
San Francisco and Los Angeles will finish up the series tomorrow night at 7:10 PM local time in a rubber match to end the first series of the season. San Francisco will send Tim Lincecum to the mound, Lincecum struggled mightly last season but seemed to turn things around during the playoffs. The Dodgers hope to take the first series at home with the help of Josh Beckett, who had a 2.93 ERA with the Dodgers after being traded in August.
Giants 1B Brandon Belt missed Tuesday’s game due to a stomach bug. Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area beat reporter Andrew Baggarly said Belt was available to pinch-hit tonight, but his status for tomorrow is still uncertain. Joaquin Arias started in place of Belt at 1B and impressed, digging a Brandon Crawford ball out of the dirt early in the game.
Dodgers LF Carl Crawford did not start on Tuesday against the Giants as manager Don Mattingly tries to ease Crawford’s way back into the lineup. It it still unknown if Crawford will return to the lineup tomorrow, but Crawford did come in to pinch-hit in the 9th. Jerry Hairston Jr. started in place of Crawford and threw out Angel Pagan trying to advance to second.