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Shaun Anderson 'wanted that seventh' in Giants' 3-2 loss to D-backs

Shaun Anderson 'wanted that seventh' in Giants' 3-2 loss to D-backs

Giants starter Shaun Anderson needed just 81 pitches to get through six innings Sunday against the Diamondbacks.

With the game in the balance and the pitcher's spot due up fourth in the top of the seventh, no one would have blamed Bruce Bochy for pinch-hitting for Anderson. But the Giants skipper let the rookie hit for himself and sent Anderson back out to start the bottom of the seventh.

"He got better as he went [along], and he was better early today," Bochy told reporters after the Giants' 3-2 extra-innings loss in Arizona. "The kid did a real nice job. That's why I let him hit there with two outs, nobody on. He was throwing the ball really well, did a great job in this ballpark."

Eduardo Escobar led off with a single, and Christian Walker followed with a ground-rule double. At that point, Bochy knew it was time to take out Anderson.

"You love his makeup, the way he battles out there -- he keeps his poise," Bochy said of Anderson. "I said earlier, he's got the strength and stamina you like from a starter. He maintains his stuff deep in the game."

Anderson was attempting to get through seven innings for just the second time in his young career. Instead, he went six-plus innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs, walking one and striking out two on 93 pitches.

"I felt great," Anderson told reporters. "We were going to attack Escobar. He got a hit. And I felt good about facing Walker, too. I was going to get a ground-ball double play, and and he ended up getting a hit. But overall, I felt great. I wanted that seventh."

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Anderson appreciated the faith Bochy showed in him to try to get through the seventh inning of a tie game.

"I hope I can continue to bring that confidence for him, and he can continue to have me roll out there for the seventh," Anderson said. "I wanted that seventh. He and I both knew that."

What Bruce Bochy likes about Alex Dickerson after two historic games

What Bruce Bochy likes about Alex Dickerson after two historic games

It's only been two games, but Alex Dickerson has made quite the impression on his new Giants teammates and manager.

"Unbelievable, man," Giants starter Tyler Beede told the media in Arizona after the Giants' 7-4 win Saturday. "He's been a huge boost for the offense, a huge boost for the team, just the way guys have kind of rallied around him and encouraged him and been happy to see the success that he's had. And he's been great for the team. We're happy to have him around here so far."

A night after driving in six runs in his team debut, Dickerson drove in another three runs with a pair of doubles. He set the Giants  record for most RBI in a player's first two games with the franchise, breaking John Bowker's record for eight.

After two seasons away from baseball, Dickerson is making the most of his second chance with the Giants. In two games, he's 5-for-9 with four extra-base hits and nine RBI.

"Hopefully, that's what his mindset is," manager Bruce Bochy said. "'Hey, I'm getting another chance here, I'm going to make some noise. I want to stay here.'"

Bochy has been impressed with what he's seen from the 29-year-old outfielder.

"I just like his approach," Bochy told reporters. "He doesn't chase pitches, he's got discipline up there, but you have power. He's nice and quiet. Sometimes, a guy just needs another chance, especially with the injuries he's dealt with. He's always shown he can hit, he's just had to deal with the injuries, so hopefully he stays healthy."

After driving in Kevin Pillar with his first double of the game in the second inning, Dickerson came around to score on a single by Brandon Crawford. When Dickerson returned to the dugout, he was greeted by his teammates chanting a playful, but probably NSFW, nickname.

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Was closer Will Smith responsible for the chant?

"I was not," Smith told NBC Sports Bay Area's Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow. "But I'm all in for it. He's having a great two games so far. We like him. Keep swingin' it."

If Madison Bumgarner is done in Giants-Dodgers rivalry, it was hell of a run

If Madison Bumgarner is done in Giants-Dodgers rivalry, it was hell of a run

LOS ANGELES -- Three hours before the first pitch Thursday, a few minutes after the Dodgers had started batting practice, Madison Bumgarner strolled onto the field in Giants shorts and flip-flops. He spent some time with Clayton Kershaw, a longtime opponent and friend, and then walked over and spoke with Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who greeted Bumgarner with a big hug.

The Dodgers have their own season to worry about, but they knew what this night meant for Bumgarner. Kershaw had earlier told The Orange County Register that "any team that gets him is getting one of the best competitors we've got." Bumgarner's 35th start in a storied rivalry was almost certainly his last, with the strong likelihood that he will be traded in the next six weeks.

The night did not go anywhere close to what Bumgarner hoped. He was shelled, the ball elevating on him in the fourth inning as the Dodgers scored five runs. This was Bumgarner's shortest start against the Dodgers, but that tells you something, too. The left-hander has made more than a season's worth of starts against the Dodgers and put up Cy Young Award-worthy numbers.

If that was truly it, it's worth appreciating what Bumgarner has done against the rival over the past decade, especially given how tough the Dodgers have been on opposing pitchers while winning six consecutive NL West titles. This year's team will cruise to a seventh and has the deepest and most dangerous lineup in the National League, but before Thursday's game, Bumgarner had held the 2019 Dodgers to two earned runs in 19 innings.

"It's who he is," manager Bruce Bochy said before the game. "He's a battler and he competes so well. They have a great lineup and he gives you all he has. He's always had the ability to turn it up, so to speak, or rise to the occasion."

On this night at Dodger Stadium, Bumgarner didn't. But that didn't put too big a dent in his overall numbers. He first faced the Dodgers on September 19, 2009, as a 20-year-old rookie, coming out of the bullpen for a scoreless inning in a blowout loss. That was Bumgarner's second appearance in the big leagues. He struck out Doug Mientkiewicz and Ronnie Belliard. Bochy, apparently unaware of what was to come, pinch-hit for Bumgarner in the bottom of the inning.

Since then, Bumgarner has made 35 starts, facing the Dodgers at least once every season and as many as five times as Bochy sometimes shifted his rotation to get Bumgarner lined up against the Dodgers. He did so again last week. Bumgarner has a 2.72 ERA  and 1.08 WHIP in 225 1/3 innings against the Dodgers, going 15-14 with 8.7 strikeouts-per-nine.

Part of what made Thursday night so surprising was that Bumgarner always has been dominant at Dodger Stadium. His 22 appearances there are more than any park but Oracle and he has a 2.67 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. In 21 previous starts at Dodger Stadium, Bumgarner had pitched seven or more innings 11 times. The only other start that didn't last five innings came eight years ago.

Of course, there's another element to all of this, too. When the Dodgers' pre-game show tried to set the stage for the game, they showed Bumgarner jawing at Yasiel Puig, Max Muncy and Alex Guerrero, but they also showed his home runs. In 76 at-bats against the Dodgers, Bumgarner has 15 hits, including four homers. He took Hyun-Jin Ryu and Zack Greinke deep and got to Kershaw twice.

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Bumgarner might have thought about all that history at some point Thursday. Asked after the game about it being his last start in the rivalry, he nodded.

"I know it could be," he said. "Not that that had anything to do with the result. Mentally I was in the same place I always am."

The results weren't there, but if that was the last time Bumgarner faced the Dodgers as a Giant, it will still be remembered as a hell of a run.