Bumgarner powers Saturday win,
Madison Bumgarner put together a vintage outing that came at the perfect time and gave a weary bullpen much-needed rest.
The Giants ace was disappointed he didn’t do more.
Bumgarner pitched into the eighth inning and San Francisco beat Colorado 5-2 Saturday, handing the Rockies their eighth straight loss.
“Bum knew what we were looking at as far as the bullpen,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “Just gave us a great effort there; he got us where we needed. Let him start the eighth, but I wasn’t going to have him go too far there.”
After outlasting the Rockies 3-2 in an 18-inning game that took over 51⁄2 hours and ended shortly before 1 a.m., the Giants came back about 12 hours later and wrapped up this win in 2 hours, 48 minutes.
Bumgarner (1-2) allowed two runs on six hits. He struck out seven, walked one and didn’t permit a runner past first base until the sixth, when Garrett Hampson doubled in Charlie Blackmon.
The big lefty exited after Chris Iannetta’s leadoff double in the eighth, angrily slapping his glove on his thigh as Bochy came out to replace him.
Bumgarner hardly sounded satisfied after eight Giants relievers combined for 14 scoreless innings in Friday’s marathon.
“In my mind, eight was the minimum for a day like today,” Bumgarner said. “Obviously close to it, but I have to find a way to get through that part of the lineup right there. I feel like I have to get at least one more right there and save those guys, because last night was tough on everybody.”
Reyes Moronta followed Bumgarner and struck out the next three. Sam Dyson pitched the ninth for his first save.
Recently acquired Kevin Pillar homered for the fourth time in six days for the Giants. Buster Posey got two hits and drove in his first run this season – the star catcher had zero RBIs in 40 at-bats over his first 12 games.