Madison Bumgarner was not bad tonight

Carlos Avila Gonzalez, San Francisco Chronicle

Carlos Avila Gonzalez, San Francisco Chronicle

A day after one one of the most frustrating losses of the year, Madison Bumgarner threw a near masterpiece.

7 perfect innings, helped by a towering Buster Posey homer, and Giant fans could imagine it. Imagine ANOTHER no hitter at AT&T Park. If Bumgarner threw one, then every single San Francisco starting pitcher from the 2010 World Series would have one (Jonathan Sanchez, Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum all have at least one in the bank.)

In the 8th, he let up a double to Justin Morneau, the hitter who as of this post has the highest batting average in the National League.

He went on to retire the final 6 batters. He finished with a complete game, 1 hitter, 13 strikeouts and no walks. That’s a line worthy of Sandy Koufax or Grover Cleveland Alexander or Pedro Martinez or Randy Johnson. The Giants got their much needed 3-0 win.

I called my father, the biggest Giants fan I know, to get his take on this fabulous performance.

“What did you think of Bumgarner, dad?”

“Stupid pitch.”

“What?”

“What was he thinking? Stupid pitch to Morneau. Got that hit off of it. Bad bad pitch.”

Bumgarner went the distance, gave the bullpen the night off and threw a masterpiece, retiring 27 of 28 batters. My dad focused on the one batter he DIDN’T get. Tough crowd. Tough tough crowd.

Time to update the Dodged Bullet/Teeth Grinder tally.

An explanation of what this is all about can be found HERE.

 

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A’S DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

Chris Carter hit a 3 run homer that gave the Astros the lead in the 8th and held on to beat the A’s, 4-2. TEETH GRINDER

48 Dodged Bullets 42 Teeth Grinders

TOTAL: +6

 

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GIANTS DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

Madison Bumgarner missed a perfect game by letting up one hit in the 8th. The game was 0-0 until Buster Posey hit the first of his two homered in the 6th. The Giants would top Colorado, 3-0. DODGED BULLET

48 Dodged Bullets 46 Teeth Grinders

TOTAL: +2

 

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RED SOX DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

A battle of bullpens stretched into the 11th inning when the Red Sox erupted for 7 runs, including a massive homer from Mike Napoli. The Blue Jays would score 3 of their own in the bottom of the 11th but it wasn’t enough and the Sox won, 11-7. DODGED BULLET

Dodged Bullets 57 Teeth Grinders 69

TOTAL: -12

 

Let’s try to avoid any stupid pitches today, shall we? Especially with a perfect game on the line.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 26, 2014

Marcio Jose Sanchez - AP

Marcio Jose Sanchez – AP

.Tim Lincecum is heading to the bullpen and the Giants have just 32 games left to find their winning ways.

It is a stretch run episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Delmon Young, Clay Buchholz, A. J. Burnett, Giancarlo Stanton, Edwin Encarnacion, Francisco Liriano, Andrew McCutchen and Scott Feldman all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Technically, the Red Sox won that game…odd isn’t it?

FRED THORNHILL/AP

FRED THORNHILL/AP

On the surface so many things seemed right with the Red Sox game. Clay Buchholz was terrific. The Red Sox got some timely hits and good base running. They got a pair of Brock Holt stolen bases and a clutch 2 out 10th inning Yoenis Cespedes single and they held on to win.

The losing streak is over.

Yippee!

And yet it felt kind of shitty. It is Koji Uehara. He is turning back into a pumpkin and we all know it. Red Sox fans got a magic ride with Koji in 2013 and he will always be a fan favorite and close to our hearts.

He is going to be a free agent at the end of the year and it might be time to say goodbye. He will be 40 next year. Pitchers tend not to get great again when they hit the big 4-0.

I will take the win. I wish it felt better.

Time to update the Dodged Bullet/Teeth Grinder tally.

An explanation of what this is all about can be found HERE.

 

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A’S DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

Houston reliever Tony Sipp walked all 4 batters he faced and helped the A’s take a 3-2 9th inning lead and opened it up to a 8-2 victory. DODGED BULLET

48 Dodged Bullets 41 Teeth Grinders

TOTAL: +7

 

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GIANTS DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

Brandon Crawford had as bad a day as anyone could have with a pair of errors and a game ending strikeout as the Giants lost to the dreadful Rockies, 3-2. TEETH GRINDER

47 Dodged Bullets 46 Teeth Grinders

TOTAL: +1

 

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RED SOX DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

Koji Uehara blew a fabulous Clay Buchholz start but Yoenis Cespedes drove in the game winning run for the Red Sox in the 10th, 4-3 in Toronto. DODGED BULLET

Dodged Bullets 56 Teeth Grinders 69

TOTAL: -13

 

A’s are back in first place where they belong. Can the Giants start to win again?