Married high school sweetheart, Ali Saunders, on Valentine's Day 2010...The story of giving her a five-day-old bull calf as a wedding present has been exaggerated...He says Ali wanted a calf and he bought her one...Graduated from South Caldwell High School in Hudson, NC, a town of 2,800 people, 90 minutes northwest of Charlotte..."You wave at everybody you see, pretty much,'' he says...At age 17, he began competing with his wife Ali's father and brother in team-roping...In 2010, reliever Jeremy Affeldt invited Bumgarner and Ali to stay at his Alamo house during a homestand; Affeldt wanted company while his wife stayed in Spokane, Wash., after the birth of their second child..."He practiced roping cows by roping my lawn furniture," Affeldt said. "He's good at it. I'd come home and he'd be spinning this rope,'' Affeldt said. "He's lassoing all my furniture. Then he wants to make me walk this weird, funky walk while he's trying to lasso my foot."
A displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal on his left hand suffered in his final Spring Training start when a comebacker by the Royals' Whit Merrifield forced the left-hander to miss the first two months of the season...made 21 starts going 6-7 with a 3.26 ERA (47er, 129.2ip)...San Francisco went 9-12 in his 21 outings... overall, missed 60 games...Had never been on the injured list in his first eight MLB seasons but has now twice been placed on it the last two years, missing a total of 135 games...SF has gone 59-76 (.437) with Bumgarner on the injured list...Placed on the 10-Day injured list on March 29 (retro to March 26)...transferred to the 60-Day injured list on April 11...Was reinstated from the 60-day injured list June 5 after making two rehab starts, one with triple-A Sacramento and one with Class-A Advanced San Jose...Won six games to bring his career total to 110...his 110 career wins are the third-most in SF-era history (since 1958) behind Juan Marichal (238) and Gaylord Perry (134)...Notched his 1,500th career strikeout on June 27 vs. Colorado, striking out DJ LeMahieu...Bumgarner became the fourth-fastest left-hander to reach 1,500 strikeouts in the live-ball era, doing so in his 239th career game... only Randy Johnson (206 games), Clayton Kershaw (218) and David Price (236) did it faster (Stats, LLC)...Struck out 109 batters and has fanned 1,591 batters in his career...is 15 strikeouts shy of tying Gaylord Perry (1,606) for the fourth-most in SF era history...Averaged 7.57 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, the lowest rate of his career since 2010...his 2.98 walks per 9.0ip was the highest of his career...Finished the year with a 1.63 home ERA (12er, 66.1ip) in 10 starts...the 1.63 home ERA was the fourth-lowest in the Majors behind TB's Blake Snell (1.27), NYM's Jacob deGrom (1.54) and MIA's Wei-Yin Chen (1.62)...Did not allow a run at home in 22.0 innings from August 7-September 28...the 22.0-inning home scoreless streak marked the longest by a Giants' starter since Johnny Cueto had a 29.1 inning scoreless streak at home from April 21-May 23, 2016...Allowed three runs or fewer in 16 of his 21 starts and turned in 14 quality starts, tied for the most on the team with Dereck Rodríguez...Had a 2.4 WAR according to Baseball Reference, his lowest WAR since 2012 (2.0)...his 2.4 WAR was tied with Dereck Rodríguez for best among the team's starters...Tossed back-to-back scoreless games June 21 vs. SD and June 27 vs. COL, going 8.0 scoreless and 7.0 scoreless, respectively...marked the first time in his career he pitched at least 7.0 scoreless innings in consecutive starts...Received his first career ejection June 11 at Miami after exiting the game in the 6th inning and arguing with home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak...Twirled 8.0 shutout innings and allowed three hits to earn his first win of the season in SF's 3-0 triumph on June 22 vs. San Diego...Bumgarner struck out eight and walked two...also drove in his first run of the season with sacrifice fly...marked the fourth time in his career that he made a scoreless start and had the game-winning RBI, tying Stephen Strasburg and Fernando Valenzuela for the most such games by any pitcher in the last 40 years (Stats, LLC)...Lasted 4.0+ innings in his first second-half start on July 21 at Oakland, snapping his streak of 89 consecutive games completing at least 5.0 innings...the streak was the longest active streak in baseball and the longest by a Giants pitcher since the mound was moved in 1893 (Elias). Delivered his first career game-ending hit on Sept. 25 vs. San Diego, hitting a pinch-hit single off RHP Rowan Wick to score Gorkys Hernández from third base in the 12th inning in a 5-4 Giants win...became the first pitcher to have a game-ending RBI since Yovani Gallardo did it for MIL on May 27, 2014 vs. BAL...the last Giants pitcher to accomplish the feat was Don Robinson on July 31, 1990 vs. HOU (also a pinch-hit RBI single) (Stats, LLC).
Made 17 starts with the Giants, going 4-9 with a 3.32 ERA and 101 K in 111.0 IP… a dirt bike accident in April caused the then 27-yearold left-hander to miss three months of the season with a left shoulder AC sprain...On April 20, during the Giants' off day in Denver, Colorado, was riding trail bikes in the mountains when, at the end of his 2-3 hour trek, he got into an accident, where he suffered a Grade 2 left shoulder sprain and bruised ribs... underwent comprehensive tests at a local hospital in Denver before returning to rest at the team's hotel...The medical process was led by Dr. Ken Akizuki, the team's orthopedist, but outside specialists were also consulted... Dr. Tim McAdams, the team doctor for the 49ers, saw Bumgarner, and his test results were sent to renowned orthopedists Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Neal ElAttrache… all four doctors agreed that Bumgarner did not need surgery...Was placed on the 10-day disabled list for the first time in his career on April 21... was transferred to the 60-day DL June 6...Made four rehab starts, one with the AZL Giants, one with triple-A Sacramento and two with Class A Advanced San Jose...Returned on schedule to the Giants' starting rotation on July 15 at San Diego, starting the second game after the All-Star break... started 13 games in the second half and finished his season with an impressive road win against the Dodgers...Made 13 starts after being reinstated from the DL and went 4-6 with a 3.43 ERA (32er, 84.0ip)...On April 2 at Arizona, he was perfect through 5.1 innings before Jeff Mathis tripled with one out... he was the first pitcher who was perfect through 5.0 innings in his team's season opener since J.R. Richard did it in the Astros' opening game of the 1980 season against the Dodgers...but for the sixth time in Bumgarner's career, the Giants lost a game after staking him to a lead of three or more runs (Elias). Slugged his way into the record books in his start on April 2, hitting home runs in his first two at-bats of the season...became the first pitcher in MLB history to hit two HRs in his team's first game of a season...He became the first pitcher to hit two home runs and strike out at least 10 in a game since Rick Wise of the 1971 Phillies (who also had 11 strikeouts against the Giants). Via Elias research, Bumgarner's 11 strikeouts were the most by a Giants pitcher on Opening Day since the mound moved to its current distance from home plate in 1893...On September 23 at Los Angeles-NL, in a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, Bumgarner won his 104th career game, which tied Mike McCormick for second place among left-handed pitchers on the Giants all-time career win list in the SF era (since 1958).
Went 15-9 while tossing a career-best 226.2 innings and posting a career-low 2.74 ERA...also registered the most strikeouts of his career with 251...Among league leaders he ranked tied for first in games started (34), second in innings pitched (226.2), second in complete games (4), third in strikeouts (251), third in quality starts (25), fourth in ERA (2.74), fifth in opponents average against (.213) and tied for 10th in wins (15)...according to FanGraphs, Bumgarner ranked ninth in the big leagues in pitcher WAR (4.9)...Threw the most pitches of any big league pitcher (including postseason) with 3,791 pitches thrown...Was named to the All-Star team for the fourth-straight season...His 251 strikeouts were the most in Giants franchise history by a left-handed pitcher, breaking the all-time franchise record for a left-hander that Cy Seymour had held ever since 1898 (244 strikeouts)...Is the fifth Giants pitcher all-time to record 200 strikeouts in three consecutive seasons...the other four are Juan Marichal, Christy Mathewson, Amos Rusie and Tim Lincecum...Averaged the most strikeouts per 9.0 innings of his career (9.97)...Bumgarner did not earn a win after departing from a start with the Giants ahead eight times...that's the most blown wins by any starting pitcher in 2016... since the franchise relocated to San Francisco in 1958, only one other Giants pitcher had at least eight potential wins blown by the bullpen in a season...Orel Hershiser had eight such starts for the Giants in 1998 (Elias)...Had his streak of allowing two earned runs or fewer end at 12 consecutive starts from April 20-June 20… the streak was tied for the third-longest in Giants history since 1913 and the longest since Jesse Barnes went 13-straight in 1920…Bumgarner's streak ended June 25 after giving up three earned runs to the Phillies...Had a 1.94 ERA at the All-Star break, the second lowestfigure in the Majors (behind Clayton Kershaw, 1.79) and the best by a Giants pitcher at the break in 33 years (Atlee Hammaker, 1.70 ERA in '83)...Went 19 consecutive starts of 6.0-or-more innings pitched from April 20-July 27, the longest such run of his career...Missed one start in the spring with a pair of minor injuries, neuroma between the third and fourth joints on the bottom of his left foot, which causes intermittent and considerable pain, as well as discomfort in his right ribcage just below the chest...was scratched from his Cactus League start on March 13 vs. San Diego...had been pitching through the foot injury all spring...it developed during the offseason...At the plate he tied for the league lead in homers among pitchers (three), ranked second in extra base hits (eight), tied for third in RBI (nine) and was fifth in slugging pct. (.345)...his 14 career home runs are the most of any active pitcher...Made his third straight Opening Day start, the longest streak by a Giants left-hander since Johnny Antonelli from 1955-57...Was the team's desginated hitter on June 30 at Oakland...since 1973, the only other pitchers to be in the starting lineup when a DH was available were: Ferguson Jenkins (Texas, Oct. 2, 1974), Ken Holtzman (Oakland, Sept. 27, 1975), Ken Brett (White Sox, July 6, 1976 & Sept. 23, 1976) and Andy Sonnanstine (Tampa Bay, May 17, 2009)...Pitched one of the best games of his career on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball on July 10 vs. Arizona, one day before the AS break…matched his career-high with 14 strikeouts and lost a no-hitter with one out in the eighth inning, giving up a single to Jake Lamb…marked his second-longest no-hit bid of his career (7.2ip in 2015)...On August 18 vs. New York-NL he allowed a grand slam to the Justin Ruggiano in the top of the fourth inning, but then hit a two-run homer in the bottom half of the inning to give the Giants a 5-4 lead...he became the third pitcher in Major League history to allow a grand slam and then hit a go-ahead homer in the subsequent half inning...Boston's Fred Klobedanz did that against New York in 1896, going deep in the top of the second inning after allowing a slam in the bottom of the first, and the Reds' Hal Jeffcoat, a converted outfielder, hit a goahead homer in the bottom of the eighth inning in 1957, after giving up a bases-full homer to Stan Musial in the top half of the inning...Earned the 100th win of his career in his start against the Dodgers on Sept. 30...only one pitcher who recorded his first 100 wins with the Giants was younger than Bumgarner (27 years old) at the time of his 100th win...Christy Mathewson won his 100th decision for the New York Giants at age 24 in May 1905 (Elias). 2015 SEASON
Three-time NL All-Star (2013, 2014, 2015) and 2014 World Series MVP completed his fifth full big league season by going 18-9 with a 2.93 ERA and 234 strikeouts in 32 starts...matched his career-high for wins in a season, threw a season-best 218.1 innings and struck out a career-high 234 batters, the most by a Giants left-handed pitcher since Rube Marquard fanned 237 for the NY Giants in 1911...Became the first Giants pitcher to win 18-or-more games in two consecutive seasons since Gaylord Perry in 1969 (19 wins) and 1970 (23)...prior to Bumgarner, the last left-handed Giants pitcher with consecutive 18-win seasons was Carl Hubbell, who did so in six seasons in succession, from 1932-1937....Reached 200.0 innings for the fifth consecutive season...became the second Giants left-handed pitcher in franchise history with 200+ innings in five seasons, joining Carl Hubbell (10 seasons of five 200+ innings (1929-1937, 1940)....Registered 200+ strikeouts for the second consecutive season and for just the second time in his career...he's the only Giants left-handed pitcher in franchise history to accumulate 200+ strikeouts in multiple seasons...his 234 strikeouts in 2015 rank as the third-most by a Giants southpaw in a single season in franchise history behind Cy Seymour (239 strikeouts in 1898) and Rube Marquard (237 strikeouts in 1911)....Became the first left-handed pitcher in MLB history to hit five home runs and strike out at least 200 batters in a season.
Bumgarner posted one of the best seasons of his career, going 18-10 with a 2.98 ERA and 219 strikeouts, a record for a San Francisco left-handed pitcher...The 2014 All-Star posted career highs in wins, innings pitched and strikeouts, while fashioning the secondlowest ERA of his career for a full season...Among NL leaders, he finished tied for third in complete games, fourth in wins, fourth in innings pitched, fourth in strikeouts and 14th in ERA....The Giants went 20-13 in his outings (13-5 on the road and 7-8 at home)....His 18 wins were the most by a SF pitcher since Shawn Estes had 19 in 1997...Became one of three left-handed pitchers in Giants history to record 15 or more wins in multiple seasons before turning age 26...joined Rube Marquard (1911-1913, 3) and Cy Seymour (1897-1898, 2)...Was one of just five left-handed pitchers in Giants franchise history to record 200-or-more strikeouts in a season, joining Cy Seymour (239, 1898), Rube Marquard (237, 1911), Ray Sadecki (206, 1968) and Jonathan Sanchez (205, 2010)...his 219 strikeouts were the third-most by a Giants lefty behind Seymour and Marquard...Had six double-digit strikeout games, the second most in the NL behind Clayton Kershaw (7)...Was one of the best pitchers on the road, going 11-4 with a 2.22 ERA (31er, 125.2ip) in 18 starts (3 CGs)...his 11 road victories matched Kershaw and Adam Wainwright for the most in the Majors while his road ERA ranked as the fourth-lowest in the NL...Was selected to his second consecutive All-Star team as he finished fourth on the player ballot, behind Johnny Cueto, Adam Wainwright and Clayton Kershaw...however, was not eligible to pitch because he started the Sunday prior to the break...he didn't pitch in the All-Star Game in 2013 either, as Bochy held him back for long relief...Averaged the second-most run support in the NL (behind COL's Jorge De La Rosa, 6.20), averaging 5.76 runs per game, the most he ever received in his career.Led the league with nine pickoffs and allowed just 7-of-17 runners to steal off him (41.2%), the fifth-lowest stolen base pct. in the NL...Was named the NL's Pitcher of the Month twice: May (5-0, 2.08 ERA, 48 Ks, 5 BBs) and August (4-1, 1.57 ERA, 56 Ks, 3 BBs)...Was named the "Willie Mac" award winner, an annual honor bestowed upon the most inspirational player on the team, as voted upon by Giants players, coaches, training staff and the fans...Was named by Bruce Bochy as the Opening Day starter on Feb. 25...at 24 years and 242 days old on March 31, Bumgarner became the third-youngest Giants opening day starter since the Giants moved to San Francisco in 1958...He also became the third youngest left-hander to start a season opener in Giants franchise history (since 1883)… only Ledell "Cannonball" Titcomb (21 years and 242 days of age on April 20, 1888 at Washington) and Mark Davis (23 years and 167 days of age on April 3, 1984 vs. Chicago-NL) were younger than Bumgarner (courtesy of Bill Arnold)...Became the sixth youngest Giants pitcher to record 50 wins (all with the Giants) in franchise history with his victory on April 5 at Los Angeles (6.1ip, 2er)...Rube Marquard (22 years, 260 days), Mike McCormick (22, 303), Christy Mathewson (22, 331), Doc Crandall (23, 363) and Hal Schumacher (24, 156) were younger (Elias)...Hit his third career home run and his first career grand slam in his second at-bat off Colorado's Jorge De La Rosa on April 11, 2014 at AT&T Park...became just the second Giants pitcher to hit a grand slam since the team moved to San Francisco in 1958 and the first since Shawn Estes did so on May 24, 2000 vs. Montreal (off Mike Johnson)... Bumgarner also added a sacrifice fly in his first at-bat to finish with five RBI, matching Estes, Dave Koslo, Hal Schumacher and Jack Scott for the most RBI in a game by a Giants pitcher since 1914...Finished May with a 5-0 record, a 2.08 ERA, and 48 strikeouts in 39.0 innings to win NL Pitcher of the Month, his first monthly award of his career...only three other pitchers in the Giants' modern history won at least five games in a month without a loss, and with as many strikeouts: Jason Schmidt (5-0 with 54 strikeouts) in May 2004, Ray Sadecki (6-0 with 48 strikeouts) in September 1967, and Juan Marichal (6-0 with 60 strikeouts) in September 1963...Became the second pitcher in Major League history to hit two grand slams in a season, clubbing his second in the Giants' 8-4 win over the D-Backs on July 13…his batterymate, Buster Posey also hit a grand slam in the game...according to Elias, Bumgarner and Posey were the first pitcher-catcher ever to hit a grand slam for the same team in the same game…it marked the third time that the Giants hit two grand slams in a game since moving to San Francisco…the last instance was Sept. 19, 1998 vs. Los Angeles-NL (the hitters were Bill Mueller and Jeff Kent)…it also happened on April 26, 1970 vs. Montreal (Willie McCovey and Dick Deitz)…it was just the second time in the Giants' 132-year history they hit grand slams in consecutive innings of the same game: Mueller and Kent did it against the Dodgers in 1998...Among the players who hit fewer than two grand-slam homers in their entire career are Prince Fielder (288 total home runs) and Derek Jeter (260)...among those who never hit two in one season: Miguel Cabrera, Lance Berkman, Carlton Fisk, Tony Perez, and Al Kaline...Became the first San Francisco Giants starting pitcher to win consecutive team games (started the last game of the first half and first game of the second half)…the last Giants pitcher to accomplish this was Johnny Antonelli for the New York Giants, Sept. 25-29, 1956...Threw his second career shutout on Aug. 3 at New York- NL, allowing just two hits with 10 strikeouts on just 94 pitches…threw nearly 80 percent (79.8) of his pitches for strikes, the second-highest percentage he's had in a game in his career...Struck out 25 batters in a two-start span from Aug. 21-26, the third-most strikeouts in Giants history in consecutive games (since 1900)...only John Montefusco (27 strikeouts from Aug. 27-31, 1975) and Jason Schmidt (26 from May 31-June 6, 2006) had more...Pitched a one-hitter and matched his career-high of 13 strikeouts in his start Aug. 26 vs. Colorado...retired his first 21 batters before Justin Morneau doubled down the right-field line to start the 8th, ending his perfect game bid through 7.0 innings, the longest such bid of his career...Became the fourth LH pitcher in the last 50 years to throw a shutout with 0/1 hits allowed while recording 13-plus strikeouts and no walks...others: Sandy Koufax (Sept. 9, 1965 vs. CHC), Randy Johnson (May 18, 2004 at ATL) and Clayton Kershaw (June 18, 2014 vs. COL)...Was named NL Pitcher of the Month for August after striking out a league-high 56 batters while going 4-1 with three complete games in six starts…also paced the Senior Circuit with a 1.57 ERA and ranked first in innings pitched...became the second pitcher in the modern era to have at least 55 strikeouts and three walks or fewer in a calendar month (other: Curt Schilling, 2002)...Matched up with Detroit's LHP David Price on Sept. 6 and earned the victory despite allowing three runs on 10 hits in SF's 5-4 win…entered the game with 199 strikeouts and did not record a strikeout for the first time in 145 career starts…also didn't issue a walk…according to Elias, nopitcher had failed to strike out a batter in a start of at least five innings after entering that game with a season total of strikeouts as high as Bumgarner's since Vic Willis of the 1902 Boston Braves (214 strikeouts) on September 27, 1902...Including the postseason, he made 39 total starts in 2014, the most by any Giants pitcher since Ron Bryant made 39 starts in 1973.
24-year-old completed his third full season, his fifth overall in the big leagues and produced one of his best seasons, going 13-9 with a 2.77 ERA (62er, 201.1ip) and 199 strikeouts in 31 starts...Was the Giants' most consistent starting pitcher the entire season, logging 22 quality starts, tied for the eighth-most in the NL...Was named by manager Bruce Bochy to the National League All-Star team, his first All-Star selection as a Major Leaguer, although he did not appear in the game...became the first Giants left-handed pitcher to make the ASG since Shawn Estes in 1997...Was just one strikeout shy of his first career 200 strikeout season...there have been just four Giants left-handed pitchers to post 200-strikeout seasons in their careers: Cy Seymour for the New York Giants in 1898 (239 strikeouts), Rube Marquard for the NY Giants in 1911 (237), Ray Sadecki for the SF Giants in 1968 (206) and most recently, Jonathan Sanchez in 2010 (205)...Became the fourth Giants left-handed pitcher to reach 200-or-more innings in three straight seasons, joining Mike McCormick (1959-61), Bob Knepper (1978-80) and Vida Blue (1978-80)...Among NL leaders ranked third in lowest opponents batting average against (.203), fifth in ERA (2.77) and tied for seventh in strikeouts (199)...Led the Giants in wins, innings pitched, strikeouts, ERA and opponents avg. against...Held the opposition to a .205 clip (26-for-127) with runners in scoring position, which ranked as the fourth-lowest mark in the NL behind Clayton Kershaw (.180), Zack Greinke (.202) and Jeff Locke (.203)...Ranked fifth in the NL in WHIP (1.03)...only Clayton Kershaw (0.92), Matt Harvey (0.93), Jose Fernandez (0.98) and Cliff Lee (1.01) had a lower WHIP than Bumgarner...it was the lowest WHIP in a single season by a Giants pitcher since Jason Schmidt in 2003 (0.95)...Ended the season with a 19-consecutive start stretch of allowing three earned runs or fewer, the longest such streak by a Giants pitcher since Tim Lincecum went 19 straight from Aug. 16, 2007-June 11, 2008...the last Giants starter to do this in a single season was Ed Whitson - 19 straight starts from June 7-Sept. 25, 1980 (courtesy of Stats, Inc.)...On his third-consecutive Opening Day roster for the Giants, Bumgarner opened up the 2013 season as the second-youngest player on the 25-man roster at 23 years old...pitching from the second slot in the rotation, he made his 2013 season debut on April 2 at Los Angeles and was superb, allowing just two hits over 8.0 innings to earn the win in the Giants' 3-0 victory, one day after Clayton Kershaw had shutout the Giants...Allowed a career-high nine runs (seven earned) in his start on May 16 at Colorado...allowed the first grand slam of his career, giving it up to Jordan Pacheco in the Rockies' five-run 5th inning...On June 14 at Atlanta he lost a no-hit bid in the 6th inning on a single by Chris Johnson that fell among three teammates...was perfect through 14 hitters until he walked B.J. Upton in the 5th...overall, blanked the Braves on two hits and 10 strikeouts in 7.0-scoreless innings...In nine consecutive starts from June 14-Aug. 2 he had a streak of at least 7.0 innings pitched while allowing three runs or fewer, the longest such streak by a Giants pitcher since Gaylord Perry did it in 10 straight starts in 1969...Had 10 straight starts of 7.0-or-more innings pitched from June 14-Aug. 7...the streak ended on August 13 at Washington due to a rain delay...tossed 4.0 innings in that start and endured a 1 hour and 17 minute delay, ending his streak, which was the longest by a Giants pitcher since Rick Reuschel strung together 11 such outings from Aug. 17-end of the 1988 season...Snapped a seven start winless drought with a victory against the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw in his start at Dodger Stadium on Sept. 13 in the Giants' 4-2 victory...logged 6.0 innings, allowing just two runs on five hits...Earned his 13th and final win of the season in his last start of the year on Sept. 19 against the Mets at Citi Field, a 2-1 Giants victory...struck out 10 batters through 7.0 innings and allowed one run on four hits...the 10 Ks marked his 13th double-digit strikeout game of his career and the fifth in 2013...Following his start on Sept. 19, the Giants announced that he would be shut down for the remainder of the season (missing one start), allowing Barry Zito, who was in the final year of a seven-year contract, to make one final start at AT&T Park.
Posted his second-consecutive 200.0 inningseason, going 16-11 with a 3.37 ERA (78er, 208.1ip) with 191 strikeouts in 32 starts. His 16 victories were a career-high and the most wins ina season by a Giants left-hander since Kirk Rueter won 16 games in 1998. His 16 wins were tied for the sixth-most in the NL and his .593 winning pct. was the eighth-highest in the league. Became the first Giants pitcher to have a 16+ win season atage 23-or-younger since Hal Schumacher won 23 games for the New York Giants in 1934 at the age of 23. Ranked eighth in the NL by holding opponents to a .234 clip (183-for-782)...left-handed batters hit only .208 (35-for-168) off him with four HRs. Finished ninth in the NL with 191 strikeouts...his 8.25 strikeouts per 9.0 innings were the second-highest on the club. Fashioned a 2.33 ERA (26er, 100.1ip) in 14 home starts, which was the fifth-lowest ERA in the NL...went 9-3 athome and dating back to 2011, has won 14 of his last 17 home decisions. Was 6-8 with a 4.40 ERA (50er, 102.1ip) in 17 road starts. Tied Tim Lincecum for the most home runs allowed onthe team with 23...allowed 18 HRs on the road and five at home...had allowed only 25 home runs in his career entering 2012 (55 games). Recorded three games with 10-plus strikeouts and no walks, tied with the Mets' R.A. Dickey for the highest total in the Majors...according to Elias, no other Giants pitcher since 1900 has had three such games in one season. Went 5-0 with a 2.42 ERA (12er, 44.2ip) in the month of June...became the first Giants pitcher to win five games in a calendar month since Tim Lincecum did so in Sept. 2010.> Allowed two-runs-or-fewer in 19 of 32 starts...recorded the third-most quality outings on the club with 19. Tossed at least 6.0 innings in all but five starts...his 208.1 innings pitched were the eighth-most in the NL. Opposing teams hit .196 (32-for-163) off him with runners in scoring position...that ranked as the eighth-lowest figure in the NL. Struggled to hold runners on, allowing 27 stolen bases, tied for the third-most in the NL...however, his five pickoffs were tied for the third-most in the NL. On April 12, Bumgarner (22 years, 225 days old) and Jamie Moyer (49 years, 146 days old) faced one another in what was the third-largest age difference in a starting pitching matchup all-time. Took a no-hitter into the sixth inning on April 12 at Colorado, however allowed a one-out triple to Tyler Colvin...his 5.1 innings without allowing a hit was the longest of his career. Batted in the eighth spot in the order on May 16 vs. St. Louis against LHP Jaime Garcia...marked just the second time in Giants franchise history that their starting pitcher batted in that spot in the order (only other time was May 20, 2010 at Arizona; Lincecum batted eighth, Torres ninth).On June 12 vs. Houston, struck out 12 batters (one shy of his career-high) in 7.2 innings and launched the Giants' first home run in nearly a month in a 6-3 win...led off the third inning by hitting a solo home run off of RHP Bud Norris to left field for his first career home run. Became just the third Giants pitcher since 1900 to hit a home run and strike out at least a dozen batters...Juan Marichal accomplished the feat on Sept. 12, 1963 at New York-NL (HR, 13 Ks) and so did Mike Krukow on Aug. 13, 1985 vs. Houston (HR, 12 Ks). Took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of his start on June 28 vs. Cincinnati, but allowed a leadoff single to Ryan Hanigan to start the 6th, his only hit allowed in what was his first career complete game and hisfirst shutout in SF's 5-0 win...extended the Giants'team scoreless streak to 36.0 innings and put theGiants in the record books as it was the team'sfourth-consecutive shutout, a new franchise record. Hit his second career home run on Sept. 11 at Colorado, hitting a three-run shot off of Jhoulys Chacin in the 4th inning...became the first Giants pitcher to hit a home run while driving in at least three runs since Noah Lowry did so on Aug. 24, 2007. Won his 16th game of the season on Sept. 22 vs. San Diego making him and Hall of Famer Rube Marquard the only Giants pitchers with 16-or-more wins in a season at 23 or younger in Giants franchise history...Marquard did it three years in a row: 24-7 in 1911, 26-11 in 1912 and 23-10 in 1913. Signed a five-year extension through 2017 with a club/vesting option for 2018 and a club option for 2019 on April 6...the 5-year extension covers Bumgarner through his arbitration years and his first year of free agency (2017).
Proved his resiliency after losing his 1st 6 decisions to end year by going 13-13 with 3.21 ERA (73er,204.2ip) in 33 starts. ... Finished 11th in National League in ERA. ... Giants won 13 of his last 19 starts after losing 11 of his1st 15. ... Southpaw reached 200.0-inning mark for 1st time in hisprofessional career and was just 9 strikeouts shy of reaching200 for season. ... Struck out 8.40 batters per 9.0 innings, which was 3rdbestratio among NL left-handed pitchers behind LosAngeles' (NL) Clayton Kershaw (9.57) and Philadelphia'sCliff Lee (9.21). ... Registered double-digit strikeouts in 4 starts, with careerhigh13 punchouts on Sept. 5 at San Diego. ... Went 8-6 with 3.12 ERA (36er, 104.0ip) in 17 starts atAT&T Park...began year by going 0-5 with 5.82 ERA (22er,34.0ip) in his 1st 7 starts on Shores of McCovey Cove,however turned things around and went 8-1 with 1.80figure (14er, 70.0ip) in his last 10 starts. ... 7 of his 13 losses came in starts in which he allowed 3runs-or-fewer. ... Received 3 runs-or-fewer of support in 25 of his 33 starts...his 3.74 run support avg. was 12th-lowest in NL and 3rdloweston Giants' staff behind Tim Lincecum (2.94) andMatt Cain (3.61). ... Struggled with runners in scoring position as his .299 avg.against (50-for-167) in those situations was 5th-highestamong NL starters...entered season with career mark of.219 avg. against with RISP. ... Allowed 2.02 walks per 9.0 innings, 8th-lowest figurein NL. ... Was susceptible to allowing big innings, giving up 3-ormoreruns in single frame 9 times, 4-or-more runs 4 timesand 5+ runs twice...more than half of his runs allowedcame in 1st and 3rd innings, giving up 46 (23 runs in1st frame and 23 in 3rd) of his 82 runs allowed in thoseframes. ... Started season by losing his 1st 6 decisions from April5-May 13, logging 4.25 ERA (20er, 42.1ip) during thatspan...received 2 runs-or-fewer of support in all but one ofthose games. ... Prior to Bumgarner, last pitcher to go winless with at least2 losses through his 1st 8 starts with an ERA of 4.25-orlowerwas Cubs' Juan Cruz in 2002...last Giants pitcher tohave such start to season was Terry Mulholland in 1986(0-6, 3.89 ERA). ... Became 1 of 3 pitchers in ML history to start World SeriesGame year before and then begin following season winlessin 8-or-more starts...Anthony Reyes was last to do itbefore Bumgarner in 2007 when he went winless in his 1st12 starts that year for Cardinals...Bert Blyleven was otherpitcher, going winless in his 1st 9 starts for 1980 Pirates(Elias). ... Lost 8 of his 1st 10 decisions despite posting 3.23 ERA...no other starting pitcher in Giants history had lost 8 of his1st 10 decisions with an ERA as low as Bumgarner's. ... Had string of 10-straight quality starts from May 2-June15...that was longest such stretch of quality outings byGiants pitcher since Tim Lincecum had 11 in 2009. ... Endured his worst start of his career and one of worst inGiants history on June 21 vs. Minnesota...recorded just1 out while allowing 8 1st inning runs...faced 10 battersand retired only pitcher Carl Pavano, becoming 1st playerin baseball's modern era to allow as many as 9 hits whilerecording fewer than 2 outs. ... Became 1st Giants starting pitcher since 1900 to allow8-or-more runs without getting out of 1st inning ... Bounced back from historically dreadful outing to record11 strikeouts in his next start on June 26 vs. Cleveland inSF's 3-1 victory on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball...tossed7.0 innings, allowing 1 run to earn win. ... Following that start in Cleveland, was one of baseball'sbest pitchers for final 3 months of regular season, going10-4 with 2.62 ERA (35er, 120.1ip) over his final 18 starts...his 2.62 ERA beginning June 26 ranked as 9th-lowest inbig leagues while his 10 victories were tied for 4th-most. ... Issued 2 walks-or-fewer in 19-consecutive starts fromApril 17-July 24...became 1st Giants pitcher to accomplishthat feat since Juan Marichal went 21-straight startsbetween July 17, 1970-April 20, 1971, allowing 2 walksor-fewer...Marichal is only other SF Giant to do this insingle season as went 23-straight starts between April10-July 18, 1968 (STATS, Inc.). ... Recorded back-to-back double-digit strikeout games Aug.31 (11 Ks vs. CHC) and Sept. 5 (13 Ks at SD), becoming1st Giants left-hander in modern era (1900 to date) withconsecutive starts of more than 10 Ks. ... His 13 strikeout performance on Sept. 5 at San Diego notonly was career-best, but he became one of only 5 lefthandersin SF-era history (since 1958) to record 13-or-morestrikeouts in game...Atlee Hammaker owns Giants recordwith 14 punchouts on Sept. 11, 1983. ... Finished season by winning 6 of his last 7 decisions whilefashioning 1.58 ERA (8er, 45.2ip) in 7 starts.
Went 7-6 with 3.00 ERA (37er, 111.0ip) while posting 86 strikeouts and issuing only 26 walks in 18 starting assignments with Giants...Was one of most consistent Giants starters since being recalled towards end of June, logging at least 6.0 innings in 12 of his 18 starts and 7.0 innings 9 times...recorded 11 quality outings...Since his recall on June 26, posted 4th-lowest ERA among National League left-handed starters, behind HOU's Wandy Rodriguez (2.14), PHI's Cole Hamels (2.57) and LA D's Clayton Kershaw (2.64)...His 3.00 ERA was 3rd-lowest in SF-era history for rookie pitcher behind Jim Barr (2.87 in 1972) and John Montefusco (2.88 in 1975) (min. of 15 starts)...his 11 quality outings were 6th-most among SF rookie starters since 2000...His 26 walks issued were 2nd-fewest by rookie pitcher in SF-era history behind Alan Fowlkes, who issued 24 free passes in 1982 (min. 15 starts)...his 2.11 walks per 9.0 innings (26BB, 111.0ip) was 9th-best ratio among NL starters since he was called up on June 26...Between triple-A Fresno and Giants, combined to pitch 193.2 innings, which was career-high in his brief 3-year professional career...prior to 2010, his career-high in innings was 141.2 in 2008 with Augusta...Had pronounced splits when pitching at home and on road, compiling 6-3 record with 1.91 ERA (14er, 66.0ip) in 10 road outings and 1-3 mark with 4.60 ERA (23er, 45.0ip) in 8 starts at home...beginning July 1st, his 1.91 ERA on road ranked as 4th-lowest figure among NL pitchers, behind Cole Hamels (1.68), Roy Oswalt (1.71) and Carlos Zambrano (1.85)...his 6 road wins since that date were tied for 2nd-most in NL...only Ricky Nolasco had more with 7...went 2-1 with 0.95 ERA (3er, 28.1ip) over his last 4 road starts, reaching 7.0 inning mark in all 4 outings...Was charged with his 1st Major League loss June 26 vs. Boston, allowing 4 runs in 7.0 innings...allowed solo HR to Darnell McDonald in 1st inning and 3-run shot to Mike Cameron in 2nd frame, however following that HR by Cameron, settled down and retired 16 of his final 17 batters faced...Giants scored only 2 runs off Clay Buchholz who lasted just 1.0 inning due to an injury...Red Sox used 7 relievers to shut down SF...Earned his 1st Major League victory July 6 in Milwaukee after tossing 8.0-scoreless innings and allowing only 3 hits in SF's 6-1 win...according to Elias, only 2 other Giants rookies pitched game like that: Noah Lowry in 2004 when he tossed 9.0-shutout frames against Reds on Aug. 3 and Matt Cain, who accomplished it twice in 2006, tossing 9.0-scoreless innings at Oakland on May 21 and blanking Colorado for 8.0 innings on Sept. 14...At 20 years, 339 days, became 2nd-youngest Giants pitcher in last 25 years to win his 1st Major League game and 1st since Matt Cain in 2005...Cain was just 1 day younger than Bumgarner at 20 years, 338 days when he won his 1st big league contest on Sept. 4 at Arizona...According to Elias, July 19th matchup between Bumgarner, making his 6th career start, and Dodgers' RHP James McDonald, making his 5th career start, was 1st meeting between Giants and Dodgers since 1947 in which neither starting pitcher had made more than 5 previous starts...Larry Jansen, Giants' starter in last such meeting opposed Harry Taylor in 1947...Was model of efficiency in 3rd inning of game against Padres on Aug. 14, retiring side on just 3 pitches...joined Philadelphia's Jamie Moyer and Texas' Tommy Hunter as only pitchers in Majors to throw minimum in an inning in 2010...was just 8th 3-pitch frame posted by Giants pitcher in franchise history...Rookie did not slow down as Giants approached pennant race in Sept., going 2-2 with 1.13 ERA (4er, 32.0ip), which was 3rd-lowest among all NL starting pitchers in Sept./Oct., behind teammate Jonathan Sanchez (1.01 ERA ) and Chicago's Carlos Zambrano (1.10)...Tossed 7.0-scoreless innings with career-high 9 strikeouts in Giants' 13-0 victory at Chicago-NL Sept. 23...marked 3rd time in 2010 that Bumgarner logged at least 7.0 innings while not allowing run...was staked to 10-0 cushion after just 2.0 innings as SF plated 9 runs in 2nd frame, which included 2 hits from Bumgarner...21-year-old became 1st Giants pitcher to collect 2 hits in same inning since Jason Schmidt did so on April 10, 2005 vs. Colorado (b5th)...received 13 runs of support after receiving total of just 12 runs of support in his previous 10 starts.POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS:
Had one of most memorable postseasons of any 21-year-old, going 2-0 with 2.18 ERA (5er, 20.2ip) in 4 games (3 starts)...Earned 1st career postseason victory in Game 4 of LDS vs. Atlanta on Oct. 11, contest that SF won 3-2 to advance to LCS...tossed 6.0 innings and yielded 2 runs on 6 hits...became youngest Giants pitcher in franchise history to win postseason game at 21 years and 71 days old...Was 1st rookie starting pitcher to win clinching game on road in postseason since Dave Righetti (Yankees at A's, Game 3 of AL CS) and Fernando Valenzuela (Dodgers at Expos, Game 5 of NLCS) pitched their teams to World Series in 1981...In Game 4 of World Series on Oct. 31, Bumgarner joined teammate Buster Posey as 1st all-rookie starting battery in World Series game since Spec Shea and Yogi Berra started for Yankees in Game 1 of 1947 World Series (Elias)...At 21 years, 91 days old, was 5th-youngest pitcher to start World Series game...Became 4th-youngest starter to win World Series game as Giants took 3-1 series lead over Rangers on Oct. 31 with 4-0 shutout victory...logged 8.0 innings and didn't allow an earned run becoming youngest to ever accomplish that feat...Bumgarner's dominance gave Giants their 4th shutout of postseason, tying 1998 Yankees and 1905 New York Giants for most in single postseason in Major League history...Only 3 starting pitchers younger than Bumgarner (21 years, 91 days old) have ever won game in World Series history - Bullet Joe Bush (20 years, 316 days) for 1913 Athletics, Jim Palmer (20 years, 356 days) for 1966 Orioles and Fernando Valenzuela (20 years, 356 days) for 1981 Dodgers...Only one starting pitcher younger than Bumgarner ever tossed at least 8.0-shutout innings in World Series game - Jim Palmer, who was 100 days younger when he blanked Dodgers in Game 2 of 1966 World Series.
Young left-hander began year at single-A level, however by season's end was Sept. call-up for San Francisco...appeared in 4 games for Giants, logging 0-0 record with 1.80 ERA (2er, 10.0ip) and 10 strikeouts against 3 walks...made major league debut Sept. 8 vs. San Diego, taking place of RHP Tim Lincecum, who was scratched from scheduled start due to back spasms...at 20 years and 38 days old became 4th-youngest Giants pitcher to make his major league debut...only Mike McCormick (17 years and 342 days), Nestor Chavez (19 years and 65 days) and Ron Bryant (19 years and 321 days) were younger (Sports Features Group)...in fact, became franchise's youngestpitcher to start game in his major league debut since Giants moved west in 1958...Mike McCormick started for San Francisco as 19-year-old, however made his ML debut 2 years earlier as member of New York Giants...was summoned from double-A, where he was originally scheduled to start an Eastern League playoff opener on Sept. 9...learned that he was night's starting pitcher roughly 3 hours prior to game time, and retired his 1st 4 batters faced before giving up home run to Chase Headley in 2nd inning...gave up another solo shot to Kevin Kouzmanoff in 4th frame...marked 1st time in 2009 (minor leagues included) that he had surrendered pair of HR's in single contest...left with 3-2 lead that was quickly erased as Will Venable hit solo HR to center against Brandon Medders...Giants ended up losing contest 4-3...was moved to bullpen after Lincecum recovered from his back spasms and logged 4.2-scoreless innings with 6 Ks...appeared in SF's 2nd-to-last game of season on Oct. 3 at San Diego, relieving starter Matt Cain, who tossed just 5.0 innings...proceeded to pitched 2.0-scoreless innings, allowing 1 hit and 2 walks in Giants' 2-0 loss...prior to joining big league club combined to go 12-1 with 1.85 ERA (27er, 131.1ip) and .211 avg. against (100-for-475) in 25 games (24 starts) with single-A San Jose and double-A Connecticut...began year at single-A San Jose, going 3-1 with 1.48 ERA (4er, 24.1ip), 23 strikeouts against 4 walks and posting .217 avg. against (20-for-92) in 5 starts...began year with 13.0-inning scoreless streak...had just 1 quality start in his 5 outings...was transferred to double-A Connecticut May 7 and helped Defenders win 1st division title as Giants' affiliate after going 9-1 with 1.93 ERA (23er, 107.0ip) and 69 strikeouts against 30 walks in 20 games (19 starts)...did not allow an earned run in 5 of his 19 starts and limited opposition to 1-run-or-less in 13 of his 19 assignments at double-A...was named to Eastern League All-Star team, but did not appear in game...hit grand slam July 22 at Binghamton and went 3-for-7 (.429) overall at plate at double-A...was named Eastern League Pitcher of Week for week ending Aug. 30, pitching 7.0-shutout innings with 2 strikeouts in Defenders' 3-0 victory over Rock Cats Aug. 26.
Posted perhaps best season of any Giants farmhand in 2008, winning South Atlantic League triple crown, going 15-3 with 1.46 ERA and 164 strikeouts for SAL Champion Augusta GreenJackets...ranked 3rd overall among minor league pitchers in strikeouts and tied for 5th in wins...named Minor League Baseball's Most Spectacular Pitcher for finishing season with lowest ERA...was also named to SAL in season and post season All-Star teams, along with earning SAL Pitcher of Week honors on 5 different occasions...was named MiLBY's best starting pitcher for all of Class A leagues...reeled off 38-consecutive scoreless innings July 28-Aug. 27 (span of 6 starts), marking longest scoreless stretch by hurler in all of minor league baseball...named San Francisco's Pitcher of Year, joining Pablo Sandoval (Player of Year) as first two recipients to earn inaugural award...was selected as Giants' top prospect by Baseball America entering 2009 season.