Madison Bumgarner

POLL: Giants Memorable Moments -- Cain's Perfect Game vs Legend of Bumgarner is Born


POLL: Giants Memorable Moments -- Cain's Perfect Game vs Legend of Bumgarner is Born

PROGRAMMING NOTE: NBC Sports Bay Area is looking back at the Giants' 60 Memorable Moments since the franchise moved from New York to San Francisco. Tune into Giants Pregame Live at 5:30pm to see the next two moments you can vote on! Then, after the Giants and A's conclude, tune into Postgame Live to see which moment will move on.

1. Matt Cain's Perfect Game in 2012 

(From Matt Cain - Giants Pitcher from 2005 to 2017)

The Perfect Game was one of the most memorable nights of my playing career. 

I had always dreamed of throwing a no-hitter. I had come so close so many times throughout my career and in my younger years, but never had one. 

The ballpark was so electric that night. We had the TaylorMade guys out hitting golf balls. Dustin Johnson hitting monster drives into McCovey Cove, and I snuck one good swing in there as well. 

Pretty surreal day. I still think back to all the plays and pitches during that game. To have every single player on the same wave length and all realizing what was unfolding is truly something special. Everyone likes to say I pitched a perfect game and I get the credit for it but I’m in debt to everyone of the guys who made a play behind me , one that still doesn’t make sense in right center field, and I owe the most to the guy who called 125 perfect pitches behind the plate. 

Thanks to all the fans that have come up to me and shared there story about that night. So fun to hear them all!!


2. The Legend of Madison Bumgarner is Born

(From Javier Lopez, Giants pitcher 2010-2016)

I remember this night for so many reasons but first and foremost was that this kid was 21! What?! Let us all just take a moment and think about this? What were you doing at 21 and better yet what were you doing on Halloween? I can only answer for myself but I was back in college not going to class but just hanging out with all my friends planning on going to a party. I was telling stories of getting drafted that past June and how tired I had gotten from backing up so many bases because everything I threw usually ended up in the gap for extra bases but I digress. Let’s get back to it. Madison Bumgarner was pitching in a World Series game! Instead of partying or trick or treating he was carving up the Texas Rangers in their park. Eight shutout innings against one of the best lineups in the MLB at that time.

I think Bum has always had supreme confidence in his abilities. His whole career he has expected to win and will teams to win and often times that’s what happened. The Rangers had only been shutout 5 times all season long and here’s Bum going right through this lineup like a hot knife through butter. 3 singles is all they could manage. 3 measly singles off this 21 year old stud.

Fearless! I remember Aubrey Huff calling him that in a postgame interview. Aubrey had hit a 2 run shot in the third and Rookie of the Year Buster Posey would add a homer of his own off Darren O’Day but it was Bumgarner’s career in the postseason that was taking shape that night. Fearless was only one of the many words used to describe this country kid from small town North Carolina. Quiet, confident, one of a kind spectacular...all those work. I remember talking to Bum and him saying he may never get another chance to pitch in a World Series game so might as well give it my all. I laughed because I had played in 1 World Series prior to 2010 and remember how hard it was to get there and to win it. Little did I know we would go on 2 more rides to the World Series together. He would lead the charge like Washington crossing the Delaware and all of us ready to do whatever it took to reach our ultimate goal. 3 for 3 isn’t bad for anyone but I think if given another chance Bum will prove yet again why he was built for October.


Bumgarner looks sharper, but Giants once again go down quietly at Dodger Stadium

Bumgarner looks sharper, but Giants once again go down quietly at Dodger Stadium

LOS ANGELES — We’ll start with the positive, because the alternative is so stunning that you almost need to build up to it. 

Madison Bumgarner had his pitch count removed in his third start back and responded by throwing 112 pitches, and showing signs of his old self. Bumgarner took the loss in a 3-1 clunker at Dodger Stadium, but all involved felt he took a big step forward in his six innings.

“Each time out I’ve felt better and better,” Bumgarner said. “That’s the only think you can ask for. I don’t know how long (until I’m in midseason form) but I’ll try to get there as fast as I can.”

Catcher Buster Posey said Bumgarner’s fastball was “jumping” more than in his previous two starts.

“He’s only going to get stronger as he goes on,” Posey said. 

Manager Bruce Bochy said Bumgarner is already plenty strong.

“I thought it was a good day for him,” he said. “Everything was crisper. He’s getting real close … [T]onight was real close to Madison and where he’s going to be.”

As for the rest of this one, well the production wasn’t close to enough. Bumgarner gave up a solo homer to Matt Kemp and a two-run shot to Enrique Hernandez and that easily held up. The Giants had no hits through four, wasted a golden opportunity in the seventh, and couldn’t take advantage of a wild Kenley Jansen in the ninth. 

Here’s the stunning negative. In their last 11 games at Dodger Stadium, their run totals are: 1, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 2, 1.

Asked to explain that amazing stretch of futility here, Posey paused for a long moment and then said he had no explanation. Bochy noted that the Dodgers play excellent defense — Posey was robbed of two hits by outfielders Saturday — and pitch well.

“It’s their pitching,” he said. “They have really good pitching. You saw a well-pitched game (tonight) and a guy who has been throwing the ball well yesterday. They’re a team that has really good pitching and really this isn’t a ballpark conducive to scoring lots of runs.”

All that said, going 11 consecutive games in a park without even reaching three runs is amazing, no matter who you are facing. For a while Saturday, it looked like Bumgarner might pull it out anyway. But Hernandez jumped on a hanging curveball in his third at-bat and hit his fourth career homer against Bumgarner. 

The lefty was well aware of the numbers — Hernandez is 15-for-33 off him — and said he has changed his approach in recent matchups. After Hernandez repeatedly pounded his fastball, he saw a steady diet of curveballs. Seven of the eight pitches he saw the first two times up Saturday were curveballs. The eighth curveball was the difference. 

“It’s no secret that I’ve thrown Hernandez a ton of curveballs the last few times and he made the adjustment,” Bumgarner said. “It wasn’t the best spot, either. He for sure made the adjustment. Sometimes you’ve got to tip your cap. That’s the cat and mouse game, the game within the game.”

Bumgarner ejected in second start as Giants drop series opener to Marlins

Bumgarner ejected in second start as Giants drop series opener to Marlins


MIAMI -- Madison Bumgarner blew a sixth inning lead and was ejected on the way out of his second start this season as the Miami Marlins rallied past the San Francisco Giants 7-5 on Monday night.

J.T. Realmuto had three hits including his seventh home run of the season and drove in two and Brian Anderson homered, doubled twice, and drove in two runs for the Marlins.

Bumgarner allowed back-to-back hits to begin the sixth with a 4-2 lead. Cameron Maybin hit a sacrifice fly and then Justin Bour walked on four pitches prompting Bumgarner to voice his displeasure to home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak.

The four-time All-Star was able to convince manager Bruce Bochy to stay in the game, but then immediately allowed a game-tying hit by Lewis Brinson ending his outing. On his way to the dugout, Bumgarner again had words for Rehak, who ejected him.

Bumgarner, who missed the first two months of the season with a broken pinkie finger on his left hand, gave up four runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked one while striking out three, throwing 50 of his 91 pitches for strikes.

Brandon Crawford's sacrifice fly in the seventh gave the Giants a 5-4 lead.

Anderson responded with an RBI double to tie the game at 5.

Realmuto followed with a two-run home run to center field off Sam Dyson (2-1). He also had a single and a double to fall a triple shy of the cycle for the eighth time in his career.

Adam Conley (2-0) tossed a scoreless inning and Kyle Barraclough pitched a flawless ninth for his third save in five chances.

Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria each had two hits and drove in a run for the Giants.

Bumgarner cruised through the first three innings without allowing a run or a walk before Anderson led off the fourth with a home run.

Realmuto doubled and Brinson tripled to give the Marlins a 2-1 lead later in the inning.

The Giants bounced back with three runs off Wei-Yen Chen in the fifth for a 4-2 lead. McCutchen tied the game with an RBI double before Chen balked in a run and reliever Brad Ziegler walked Nick Hundley with the bases loaded.

Chen allowed four runs and six hits in 4 1-3 innings.


Seven players - four Giants and three Marlins - had multi-hit games while nobody had just one hit.


Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto (left ankle) and RHP Jeff Samardzija (right shoulder) each threw a bullpen session of about 40 pitches before the game. Cueto said he felt good and the plan is for him to have another bullpen session with the hopes of throwing to hitters on Saturday. Samardzija will still have one or two rehab starts before re-joining the team. "Both of them are on their way, that's good news, they felt great today," Bochy said.

Marlins: RHP Dan Straily (chest) took part in his regular routine and still plans to make his next start on Thursday after being hit by a line drive in his last one. "He said he actually forgot about it while he was throwing a pen and he was working on things so he's good to go," manager Don Mattingly said.


Giants: RHP Chris Stratton (7-3, 4.63 ERA) will start the second game of a four-game series on Tuesday. The Giants are 10-3 in Stratton's starts including winning the last five.

Marlins: RHP Trevor Richards (0-3, 5.02) will be making his seventh start in search for his first Major League win.