Bumgarner gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four over six innings Monday. He did not factor in the decision in a comeback win over the Dodgers. Clayton Kershaw posted the stronger line in another classic pitcher's duel between the two southpaws, but a ninth-inning rally got Bumgarner off the hook for a tough-luck loss. The 29-year-old only recorded seven swinging strikes, and his 9.3 swinging-strike percentage (10.5 career average) is the likely contributor to his career-worst 2.1 K/BB ratio. That said, Bumgarner has still been able to produce a strong 2.71 ERA in 13 starts since returning from a hand injury, which is a testament to his ability to keep hitters off balance despite not having his best strikeout stuff.
Bumgarner did not factor in the decision in Tuesday's loss to the Astros despite allowing five hits over seven scoreless innings. He had seven strikeouts and three walks. The Giants offense mustered only four hits against Dallas Keuchel and the Astros' bullpen, and Ray Black relieved Bumgarner for the eighth inning only to give up a decisive two-run home run to Tyler White. Bumgarner has a 2.69 ERA and 1.25 WHIP over 73.2 innings after missing the first two months of the season, and next lines up to face the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Monday.
Bumgarner (4-4) allowed one earned run on seven hits and three walks while striking out five across five innings to earn the win Thursday against the Diamondbacks. Bumgarner allowed 10 baserunners but managed to limit the damage by stranding nine runners on base. While his ERA will benefit from the effort, the other indicators are troubling as he generated only 11 swinging strikes on 101 total pitches and allowed the Diamondbacks to foul off 29 pitches. Bumgarner has struggled to put away hitters all season -- he has just a 7.5 K/9 mark -- but perhaps more concerning is his 3.7 BB/9 through 66.2 innings.
Bumgarner (3-4) took the loss despite pitching well against the Brewers on Friday, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits over eight innings. He struck out five and walked one in the 3-1 defeat. It was a hard-luck loss for the left-hander, who was outdueled by Chase Anderson. It was a solid return to form after he lasted just four innings against the Athletics in his last start, and Bumgarner will look to keep it going in his next outing, which will pit him against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.
Bumgarner (3-3) picked up the win over the Athletics on Friday, giving up one earned run on three hits over six innings, striking out five and walking three in a 7-1 victory. The left-hander was sharp in his final start before the All-Star break, bagging his second straight victory by quieting an Oakland lineup that has been hot recently. He missed most of the first half of the season due to injury, but Bumgarner has been performing pretty much like his normal self since he returned to action, as he's sporting a 2.90 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP to go along with 41 strikeouts in 49.2 innings.