The Giants lost 2-0 in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, but the vibes were good in their clubhouse after the game.
That's because Madison Bumgarner was back.
The 21-year-old lefty got another loss, dropping to 0-4 in five starts, but he threw his best game by far, giving up one run and five hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked one (intentionally).
That's the Bumgarner the Giants recall from 2010, especially in the postseason. His last game last year was a win in Game 4 of the World Series, but he hasn't regained that dominant presence, though he certainly flirted with it in the middle game of a three-game set against the Pirates.
The Pirates scored their only run off Bumgarner -- whose ERA dropped from 7.79 to 6.17 -- in the second inning. The bad news: The first three batters got hits. The good news: Bumgarner pitched out of it, and it could've been much worse.
Problem for the Giants was, they continue their funk at the plate. The team is hitting .188 over six games, .146 with runners in scoring position. Bumgarner was outpitched by James McDonald, who surrendered four hits in six innings, with four relievers completing the shutout.
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