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Bumgarner solid vs. potential trade match

Giants rally against Brewers to win 4th straight
@mi_guardado
June 15, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO -- Count the Brewers among the contending teams who are likely to be linked to Giants ace Madison Bumgarner in the weeks leading up to the July 31 Trade Deadline. Milwaukee got a first-hand look at Bumgarner in the Giants’ 8-7 comeback win on Saturday afternoon at Oracle

SAN FRANCISCO -- Count the Brewers among the contending teams who are likely to be linked to Giants ace Madison Bumgarner in the weeks leading up to the July 31 Trade Deadline.

Milwaukee got a first-hand look at Bumgarner in the Giants’ 8-7 comeback win on Saturday afternoon at Oracle Park, which extended San Francisco’s win streak to a season-high four games.

Box score

Bumgarner (4-6, 3.87 ERA) did not factor into the decision after surrendering five runs (three earned) over six innings, but he delivered his 11th quality start of the season in his 15th outing. The 29-year-old left-hander gave up five hits, walked three and struck out six. He induced 14 swinging strikes and averaged 91.7 mph on his fastball.

Working with backup catcher Stephen Vogt, with whom he has quickly developed a good rapport, Bumgarner opened his outing with two scoreless innings before yielding a solo home run to Manny Pina in the third. The Brewers then struck for four runs in the fourth after right fielder Kevin Pillar committed an error on a fly ball from Hernan Perez.

“I would ideally like for it to be better,” Bumgarner said. “I would like to have picked up Pillar. I've got to find a way to leave them on base. I felt like I had good command, but I turned around and I think there was three walks. That's not good by any measure.”

Bumgarner departed with the Giants trailing, 5-4, but his current club came back to tie the game on Joe Panik’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth. San Francisco completed its rally by scoring twice in the seventh behind Vogt’s second triple of the game, an RBI single by Pillar and a go-ahead double from Brandon Crawford.

The Brewers, who are currently trying to stay ahead of the Cubs and Cardinals in the National League Central, will likely be in search of pitching help at the Trade Deadline, making them a potential trade partner for the Giants. Milwaukee is currently without Opening Day starter Jhoulys Chacin and Gio Gonzalez and entered Saturday with the fourth-highest rotation ERA (4.68) in the NL.

Bumgarner, an impending free agent, will be one of the most established starting pitchers available on the trade market, and the Giants’ decision to hire Zack Minasian as their new director of pro scouting over the winter could help facilitate any potential talks with Milwaukee. Before joining first-year president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi in San Francisco, Minasian worked in the Brewers’ front office for 14 years, giving him extensive knowledge of the talent in their farm system.

While the Brewers are one of eight contending teams on Bumgarner’s no-trade list, he assembled the list strategically to give himself a bit more control and leverage in any potential trade. A midseason deal would ultimately benefit Bumgarner’s financial outlook, as it would keep the Giants or the team he’s traded to from extending him a qualifying offer and allow him to enter the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.

Maria Guardado covers the Giants for MLB.com. She previously covered the Angels from 2017-18. Follow her on Twitter.