With all the talk about Madison Bumgarner throwing in the No. 2 spot in the rotation in spring — and the possibility of him doing the same during the season — Bumgarner has gone out this spring and show that he’s capable of filling the role.
Bumgarner pitched three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out five as the Giants improved their spring record to 4-2 with a 5-2 win over the Padres.
“My command feels pretty good,” Bumgarner said. “Everything seems to be on schedule. It’s better than usual. I’m just trying to focus as if it’s the regular season.”
At least for MadBum, too bad it isn’t. He’s been great.
- OF Gregor Blanco, a non-roster invitee, is giving the Giants reason to consider keeping him on the roster, going 2 for 3 with a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base. After a slow start, he’s hitting .429 this spring.
- RP Clay Hensley pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning with one strikeout in his first spring outing. Hensley is the leading candidate to lock down the final spot in the bullpen. He’s been limited this spring by a strained hamstring.
- The Padres scored both of their runs on a pair of solo home runs in the fourth inning off reliever Andrew Kown.
- Four relievers (Jeremy Affeldt, Clay Hensley, Sergio Romo and Dan Otero) set down the final 12 Padres in order. Only one ball left the infield, and four batters struck out.
Matt Cain makes his second spring start as the Giants face the Reds in Scottsdale at 12:05 p.m. PST. Buster Posey and Freddy Sanchez are expected to make their spring debuts.