Giants’ Bumgarner finally receives offensive support: A fan’s reaction

Madison Bumgarner(notes) has been a victim of the San Francisco Giants' lackluster offense this entire season. In fact, Bumgarner has lost eight games this season despite an earned run average under 3.25. On June 15, he made the start for San Francisco in the second game of a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Bumgarner pitched well for his team and finally received enough support to earn his third win of the season. On top of that, the Giants now stand 2 1/2 games ahead of the Diamondbacks in the NL West.

Bumgarner pitches well—and finally wins

Aside from giving up two home runs, Madison Bumgarner pitched six strong innings, while giving up two runs on five hits with six strikeouts and a walk. His record improved to 3-8 on the season, even though his record should be much better (as evidenced by a very respectable 3.21 ERA). Constant strong showings by Bumgarner this season had been for naught as the offense repeatedly failed to produce any offensive support. Still, the Giants' lineup managed to down the Diamondbacks 5-2. The game was close to start off, but the offense tacked on some runs as the game progressed. I'm just elated that Bumgarner's strong effort finally resulted in a win for the guy.

San Francisco increases its lead and dominance over Arizona

San Francisco is dominating the Arizona Diamondbacks this season. In eight meetings this season, the Giants have won all but one contest. Both NL West contenders wrap up the three-game series on June 16, so history is on the side of San Francisco. A sweep would put the Giants at 3 1/2 games ahead of the Diamondbacks, which would be a pretty comfortable lead since the two teams have been neck-and-neck for weeks now. For the foreseeable future, the NL West is an affair between San Francisco and Arizona only.

Giants doing pretty well in June

As of June 15, San Francisco's record for the month stands at 10-4. The team is barely outscoring opponents, 54-47. With an overall record of 39-29, the team is doing pretty well this season. One year ago, the Giants' record stood at 36-28 on June 15 but slotted in third place in the NL West. San Francisco isn't playing catch-up with San Diego this season, which is good news.

For now, the team leads its division and has for most of the season without being overly dominant.

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Updated Thursday, Jun 16, 2011