#PitchersWhoRake poster boy Madison Bumgarner delivers pinch-hit single, scores a run
MadBum delivers pinch-hit single, scores run
In case you didn't already get the memo, Madison Bumgarner isn't interested in being pigeonholed into your typical definition of an MLB pitcher. The guy's hit 10 career home runs -- including a no-doubter just last weekend -- and was itching to participate in the 2014 Home Run Derby.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy knows MadBum can swing the lumber and isn't about to overlook that fact when he's making in-game decisions. On Tuesday night, the Giants found themselves up 1-0 on the Cardinals in the seventh inning when the pitcher's spot came up in the order.
With two outs and no one on base, Bochy opted to use Bumgarner, rather than use one of his more traditional bench bats, in what was shaping up to be a game that could go into extras ... except nobody told Bumgarner that he wasn't up there to start a rally.
MadBum worked himself into a 3-1 count and lined a single into left field.
Back-to-back walks loaded the bases for first baseman Brandon Belt, who promptly took one for the team and forced Bumgarner in to score.
Rally complete. The Giants went on to win, 2-0.