Bumgarner tries to win his fifth straight start and Posey seeks to extend the longest current hitting streak in the majors to 22 games Thursday as the Giants cap their four-game set with the visiting Florida Marlins.
San Francisco (58-44) has been aided in its playoff push by the stellar efforts of these youngsters. Posey has an NL-high 41 hits this month, and he’s batting .440 with six homers and 23 RBIs during his hitting streak - one shy of Hall of Famer Willie McCovey’s run in 1959 for the longest by a San Francisco rookie.
Posey will present a target behind the plate for Bumgarner (4-2, 2.43 ERA), who is 4-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his last four outings after allowing two runs over seven innings Saturday in a 10-4 victory at Arizona. All four wins have come on the road.
“Really, I had three pitches going pretty good - fastball, slider and curveball,” Bumgarner told the Giants’ official website.
This is the second time this year that the left-hander, who turns 21 on Sunday, will pitch at home. He gave up four runs over seven innings in his season debut June 26 in a 4-2 loss to Boston.
“This kid’s done everything,” manager Bruce Bochy said about Torres. “He’s waited for this opportunity and he’s taking full advantage of it. I can’t think where we would be without Andres.”
Sanchez is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in five outings since his last victory June 22. He yielded two runs over six innings and did not get a decision in a 10-5 loss to Atlanta on Saturday.
The right-hander lasted six innings and gave up three runs in his lone career start against the Giants in a 9-6, 12-inning loss May 4.
“I can’t explain it and I’m not going to try to,” Uggla said. “I’m going to roll with it and ride it out. I probably never would have thought that I’d be right where I’m at in the Marlins statistical books, but I am and we’ll see where it goes.”