Bumgarner suffered the loss Friday at San Diego, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk across six innings. He struck out nine. Bumgarner avoided getting himself in serious trouble, but he was touched up for a run in four different innings, primarily via the extra-base hit. Bumgarner entered Friday's start on the back of a 15-inning scoreless streak and still owns an impressive ERA of just 2.12, so he should be expected to bounce back in his next start Friday at Yankee Stadium.
Bumgarner mowed down 14 D-backs in a complete-game, one-hit shutout on Sunday in a 4-0 victory. He also walked a batter. The dominant lefty mystified and overpowered the D-backs all night long, retiring 25 of the 28 batters he faced on the way to his third complete game of the season. The 14 strikeouts matched his career high, and he recorded two whiffs apiece on six of Arizona's nine hitters, including Paul Goldschmidt. The Giants ace took a no-hitter into the eighth inning for the third time in his career, but like the prior two occasions, was unable sustain it. Jake Lamb, who'd also reached earlier in the game on an error by outfielder Gregor Blanco, broke up the no-no with a one-out single, but Bumgarner was otherwise impossible to break through against. He'll head to the All-Star game with a sparkling 1.94 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 146:32 K:BB over 129.2 innings.
Bumgarner allowed just four hits and two walks with six strikeouts over six shutout innings but took a no-decision Tuesday against the Rockies. Bumgarner has allowed just 12 runs over his past eight starts with a 61:13 K:BB, and this marks the fifth time in that stretch he has thrown at least six innings and allowed one run or fewer. But Bumgarner has notched just three wins despite this amazing run, as he has been stuck with a pair of losses and now three no-decisions. There's not much else to say to a run like this but "hang with 'em."
Bumgarner (9-4) gave up seven hits and four earned runs in 6.1 innings during Thursday's 12-6 victory over the A's. He struck out four and also notched a double in four at-bats. The offensively proficient ace may not have been at his best on the mound, but did notch another milestone with the bat when he became the first opposing pitcher to log an extra-base hit in an AL park since 1997. He broke a rare two-start losing streak as well, although he gave up at least one homer for the fifth straight outing. While he's seen his ERA rise for two consecutive starts, Bumgarner is still sporting a stellar 2.20 figure in that category, and hasn't dropped three consecutive decisions in almost two full years. He'll try to get back to his customary level of dominance next Tuesday versus the Rockies.
Bumgarner (8-4) lost his second straight start, as he allowed three runs on five hits over 6.1 innings against the Phillies on Saturday. He also struck out seven and walked one. He has two straight quality starts and combined to strike out 15 in those outings, but he has lost two decisions in a row due to a sleeping Giants offense. On Saturday, Bumgarner allowed a two-run homer to Cameron Rupp with a one-run lead in the seventh, which cost him the game. Bumgarner now has a 1.99 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 122 strikeouts in 108.1 innings. He will look to get back on track against the Athletics in his next start Thursday.