After being swept by the Pirates, the Giants were in desperate need of a win. The Orange and Black fell to a game and a half back of the Dodgers Wednesday night after yet another crushing defeat, but looked to right the ship with their ace on the mound. Before the game started, Giants fans were scoreboard watching as the Phillies took down the Dodgers in a 5-4 victory, which meant this was a must-win game.
The game started off as a typical Madison Bumgarner start, great pitching and not a lot of offense. Bumgarner and Jacob deGrom both were dealing through the first three innings, and then it got interesting. In the top of the fourth, Bumgarner retired Jay Bruce for out number one. The Mets ended up loading the bases for recently called-up Justin Ruggiano, who launched his third career home run off of Bumgarner, a grand slam. Fans (and probably players) rolled their eyes as something goes horribly wrong once again, which basically sums up the entire second half.
The Giants went into the bottom of the fourth in comeback mode, as they found themselves down 4-0 in what was still an early game. The inning started with a few singles, and the Giants were back in business as run crossed the plate on a Hunter Pence base hit. The next batter up, Eduardo Nunez, lined a triple down the right field line that scored Pence and Brandon Crawford. The Giants were then down 4-3 with a runner on third and no one out as AT&T Park came alive for the first time in what feels like forever. Bumgarner fell into an 0-2 count against deGrom, but stayed alive and launched a majestic shot to left to put the Giants up 5-4.
Bumgarner’s home run brought Giants fans from all over out from underneath their rocks, as the team showed a sign of life. Bumgarner would go on to have a 1-2-3 fifth inning as the Giants came to bat in the bottom half. But the offense wasn’t done yet, as they strung together a few singles that scored a run. Then Joe Panik, who seemingly forgot how to hit for over a month, lined a two-run double down the left field line to make it 8-4.
In the bottom of the eigth, the Giants only lead 8-7 as the bullpen once again almost blew it, but not to worry, Buster Posey saved the day. Posey crushed a two-run double off the bricks in right field, and gave the Giants a 10-7 lead. They would go on to win by that score as they gain a much needed game on the rival Dodgers, and now find themselves one-half game back in the NL West.
Finals for last nights game:
SF: 10, NYM: 7
W: Bumgarner, M. (12-7, 2.25 ERA) L: deGrom, J. (7-6, 2.73 ERA) S: Casilla, S. (28)