Madison Bumgarner has a little thank you note to drop in the mail, to one Andres Torres, who hit a home run in the fifth to put the Giants up and give Bumgarner his first home win of the season. Torres also stole a base in the first inning and was solid fielding throughout. He finished with two hits and an RBI, which is great for the team, he was missed during his injury.
Bumgarner pitched five innings, giving up seven hits but only one run, fanning seven on the mound in those five. MadBum has been a little unlucky of late, pitching well but without decent run support in most of his outings, but luck was on his side tonight. He picks up his first AT&T Park win of the season.
On top of the solo home run from Torres, Pablo Sandoval continued to make his case for the lineup with a home run of his own. Sandoval's resurgence is key for the Giants heading into the series against the Padres, who, at the time of writing, are 2.5 games back of the NL West lead, but can shorten that to two games with a win tonight. Buster Posey also hit a homer, a two-run slam that should contribute to his rookie of the year candidacy.
Barry Enright of the Diamondbacks continues his downward spiral, giving up all three home runs in five innings to the Giants, and has now lost his last five starts.
On Friday, the Giants begin a three-game set to close out their regular season with the San Diego Padres. The Padres need a lot of things to go right for them to make the playoffs, but their future is most certainly in their own hands.