Madison Bumgarner did his part and then some, throwing seven innings of shutout baseball, striking out nine and not walking anyone. At the plate, the top three hitters in Arizona’s lineup reached base 10 times and scored five runs. At the bottom of the lineup, Nick Ahmed and Josh Rojas combined to reach base five more times and score four more runs.
Madison Bumgarner’s recent run of five straight games with one or fewer runs is one shy of his career-long streak, which he set in 2016.
While it is great to see Bumgarner turning things around from where he was heading last season and the beginning of this season, it is fair to expect that there will be some regression back to a less effective pitcher. As it is, Bumgarner’s recent stretch of five games is the best five-game stretch for WHIP (0.47) by any NL pitcher since Pete Alexander posted a five-game stretch of 0.42. It’s been fun to watch. Hopefully he sets a few new records before the ride comes to a soft end.
Ketel Marte continues to make good strides in his recovery. The center fielder has yet to do start-and-stop drills, but looks to add those in as soon as this week. If he continues to progress as expected, the team could get a big boost by the time they face the Dodgers for the first time later this month. Christian Walker left Tuesday night’s game with discomfort in his previously injured right oblique. A re-evaluation is underway.
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