Bumgarner dominant, extends shutout streak
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Finally, Madison Bumgarner refused to find fault with himself.
Bumgarner, whose perfectionism prompted him toward varying degrees of self-criticism after previous spring efforts, had to admit that he was pretty darned good Thursday night in the Giants' 11-3 victory over the Padres.
The Giants left-hander appeared more than primed for his Opening Night start March 31 against the D-backs. Bumgarner yielded five hits and walked one in seven shutout innings, extending his Cactus League scoreless streak to 17 innings. In that body of work, the 24-year-old has allowed 10 hits while walking two and striking out 16.
"Today, I felt pretty close to ready, really," Bumgarner said after throwing 67 strikes in 97 pitches. "Everything felt good."
That included Bumgarner's curveball, which he flung past the Padres at varying speeds to keep them off-balance. Bumgarner struck out nine, including five to conclude innings -- a fine way to accent a dominant pitching performance.
Bumgarner emphasized that he's not preoccupied with his 0.00 ERA. "I'm not paying attention to that," he said. "Making pitches is my main goal."