Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Giants survive vs. D-backs to reward Bumgarner

Madison Bumgarner picked up right where he left off last October as he allowed just one run over seven innings and the Giants held off a late rally to beat the D-backs, 5-4, on Monday night in the season opener for both clubs.
Bumgarner, the hero of last year's postseason run by the Giants, scattered six hits and struck out three.
"Our goal is to win games and that's it, find a way to do it," Bumgarner said. "I felt pretty good, throwing strikes, getting ahead of guys, making pitches. The defense was great behind me, picking me up multiple times. They were great."
With the game tied at 1, the Giants broke things open with a four-run fifth inning against D-backs starter Josh CollmenterAngel Pagan, who had two RBIs on the night, drove in one of the runs while Brandon Crawford capped the inning with a two-run double off reliever Andrew Chafin.
The D-backs rallied for three runs off the Giants bullpen in the eighth to make things interesting, but Jeremy Affeldt was able to strike out pinch-hitter David Peralta with two runners on to end the inning.
"We showed a lot of fight," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "It was great to come back."
Top-heavy order: Through the first five innings, San Francisco's first three hitters -- Nori AokiJoe Panik and Pagan -- went a combined 8-for-9, scored four runs and drove in two. All three hit safely in the third inning, when the Giants opened their scoring, and the fifth, when they amassed four runs.
Close, but not enough: After Bumgarner departed, the D-backs managed a furious rally against four Giants relievers in the eighth. The big blow of the inning came when pinch-hitter Jake Lamb blasted a Sergio Romo pitch off the wall in center for a three-run double to pull the D-backs to within a run.
Playing with fire: Collmenter pitched his way into and out of trouble through the first four innings as seven Giants reached base with only one scoring. It would catch up to him in the fifth as the Giants managed a pair of runs and put runners on first and third with two out when Chafin was summoned to relieve Collmenter.
Room for improvement: Bumgarner struck out only three batters, but he didn't need punchouts to subdue the D-backs. Instead, he coaxed double-play grounders in the fifth and sixth innings that helped the Giants retain their lead after their big fifth inning.
The D-backs issued a manager's challenge in the eighth inning when home-plate umpire Gary Cederstrom ruled that Affeldt's 1-2 pitch was foul-tipped by Peralta and did not hit his hand. After a review of one minute, 54 seconds, the call was confirmed, the count remained 1-2 and Peralta went on to strike out.
Giants: One of the National League's top clubs on the road last year, the Giants will try to continue that trend Tuesday at 6:40 p.m. PT as they resume their season-opening series at Arizona. They finished 43-38 away from home last year, third-best in the league behind the Dodgers (49-32) and Washington (45-36).
D-backs: Rubby De La Rosa will make his D-backs debut Tuesday night against the Giants at 6:40 p.m. MST. De La Rosa was acquired from the Red Sox this past offseason in the trade that sent veteran Wade Miley to Boston.

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