Madison Bumgarner had six innings in his first start of the season. (Photo: Stan Szeto, USA TODAY Sports)
SAN FRANCISCO – After spending the last over two months recovering from a broken little finger in his left hand, Madison Bumgarner is obviously still trying to recover his arm to its maximum form.
The same goes for his coup blow.
The San Francisco Giants ace sailed a good amount of traffic in a solid debut of the season on Tuesday night, while his compatriot Patrick Corbin, who won the victory by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks, 3-2.
What bothered Bumgarner was not so much eight hits and two runs he allowed in six innings, or the irregular early command that he finally improved. Rather, it was a punch in the fifth inning with the bases loaded that rocked one of the best pitchers in the big leagues, because it represented an untapped opportunity for the Giants to change the game.
San Francisco put only one Corbin base runner in the first four innings, but scored in straight doubles to open the fifth before loading the bases without outs. It was then that Corbin resorted to his diabolical slider, which he used to hit Bumgarner, Gorkys Hernandez and Buster Posey to quell the threat and keep the Diamondbacks ahead 2-1.
They never lost control by ending the triumph of the five Giants games. Follow and preserve your advantage of a game in the Western Division of the National League.
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"I just have to figure out how to get a man, with full bases and no outs," said Bumgarner, who committed a foul on a 2-0 fastball. "There's no excuse for that, pitcher or not." Or at least a better chance to hit. & # 39; & # 39;
That same competitiveness that made Bumgarner ruminate the wasted possibility led him to his first opening of the season without its best things, and it's a quality the Giants plan to support now that they have their staff again.
Despite not missing Bumgarner but also the No. 2 and No. 3 Johnny starters Cueto and Jeff Samardzija for long stretches, the Giants entered on Tuesday at 30-30, just 1½ games away from Arizona in the disappointing division.
The AT & T crowd of 36,925 rose with excitement and anticipation when Bumgarner led the way. the mound to the family tensions of the Fire in the mountain by Marshall Tucker Ba nd for the first time since mid-September. , giving a feeling of optimism to a club that tied the worst record in the big leagues last season.
"Retrieve your man, it is a breath for all, the rotation, the club, "manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's good to have him back, he listened to the crowd, he was excited to be back, he will only strengthen, build more strength and endurance, it's still early here, that's his third start."
And the first two, which lasted 3 2/3 and 4 2/3 entries, were rehabilitation badignments in the minors. So while the rest of the league is in the middle of the season, Bumgarner is essentially working his way through accelerated spring training.
It's no wonder, then, that Bumgarner is not the imposing figure who commanded the 2014 postseason when the Giants won their third World Series in five years. His fastball did not go above 91 mph and his breakthrough shots were not biting from the start. He did not get the first of his three strikeouts until the fifth inning. He caused 10 changes and failures in 82 pitches, and only two rose three and three down.
But Bumgarner lacked things that he made up for in ingenuity, found success with his change and left six roadrunners stranded while escaping unscathed from problems in the third and fifth innings. The RBI successes of Chris Owings and Kristopher Negron in the second represented the score against the big left-hander.
It was not a pitching performance worthy of a country song, so there's no need to contact Marshall Tucker and his company, but done for a stable first step.
"Regarding the release, I would have liked to have done better," said Bumgarner, "but for the first time I feel pretty good about it."  Now is the time to work on your swing.
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