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Bumgarner happy with progress in rehab start

Giants ace slated to pitch again for San Jose on Monday
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SAN JOSE -- Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner, despite the results, was encouraged by his rehab outing with Class A Advanced San Jose on Wednesday night.

Facing Dodgers affiliate Rancho Cucamonga, Bumgarner gave up nine runs and four home runs in four innings, including eight runs on three homers in the fourth alone. He allowed nine hits overall and one walk while striking out five, throwing 76 pitches, including 51 strikes.

SAN JOSE -- Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner, despite the results, was encouraged by his rehab outing with Class A Advanced San Jose on Wednesday night.

Facing Dodgers affiliate Rancho Cucamonga, Bumgarner gave up nine runs and four home runs in four innings, including eight runs on three homers in the fourth alone. He allowed nine hits overall and one walk while striking out five, throwing 76 pitches, including 51 strikes.

"I felt pretty good with the way my body felt," Bumgarner said. "Command was pretty good. Ultimately, I feel pretty good about it. Obviously, that was kind of a lopsided outing, but for what I'm looking for, I'm feeling good."

Bumgarner sat around 89 to 92 mph with his fastball throughout his outing and mixed most of his offspeed pitches in, but he said he didn't throw many backdoor cutters. He was scheduled to throw five innings and be around 75 pitches, but the 39-pitch fourth inning ended his night before the fifth.

"It would've been nice to get up and down one more time, but we got to our pitch count, and that's ultimately all that we're looking for," Bumgarner said. "Hopefully, we can bounce back good from this and we're good to go."

Bumgarner cruised through the first five hitters in 14 pitches before Quakes first baseman Ibandel Isabel hit a high fastball to right for an opposite-field homer. Through three innings, the homer and a leadoff walk in the third were the only baserunners allowed by Bumgarner.

But in the fourth, outfielder DJ Peters led off with a towering homer to left. Berkeley native Drew Jackson hit a three-run homer down the left-field line later in the inning, and Peters came up again and lined a two-run homer just over the wall in left to cap an eight-run inning. The Quakes swung early in the counts, something Bumgarner said is par for the course on rehab outings.

"They have their game plan, I have mine. Usually, it works a little different, but I've got to make sure I can throw certain pitches and feel confident with it," Bumgarner said. "Not to take anything away from those guys, they put the barrel on the ball a lot, so that's good for them. For me, what I'm looking for, I'm good with that."

Bumgarner said he'll throw one more rehab outing to make sure he can get close to 100 pitches or so. His next outing is tentatively set for Monday in San Jose.

Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @alexsimon99.

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