Madison Bumgarner threw another quality start Wednesday, giving up three runs (two earned) in 6.1 innings against the Las Vegas 51s.
Bumgarner actually pitched five scoreless innings before allowing two runs in the sixth on two singles and a double. A third run scored in the sixth on an error. After giving up back-to-back singles in the seventh, he was pulled from the game.
He is now 5-1 with a 2.73 ERA.
It was Bumgarner’s seventh quality start in his last nine starts. He has not given up more than two earned runs in his past nine starts.
Since a pair of disastrous starts to open the year, Bumgarner is 5-0 with a 1.29 ERA.
We throw this information out as the Giants prepare to depart for a seven-game road trip in which Todd Wellemeyer (he of the 9.35 road ERA) is slated to make two starts.
Of course, the Giants could minimize Wellemeyer’s impact on the road trip by skipping his turn, given Thursday’s off day. That would limit him to one start during the road trip, while also adding to the Giants bullpen depth in the opening days of the road trip while they figure out what to do with ailing Jeremy Affeldt.
But, of course, this all makes too much sense for Bruce Bochy and the Giants to consider.