Bumgarner dynamite, Giants beat Brewers 2-1

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Bumgarner dynamite, Giants beat Brewers 2-1

July 24, 2011BOX SCORE GIANTS VIDEOMLB PAGE MLB SCOREBOARD
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Madison Bumgarner was more animated about a day at the White House than he was about his third straight decision.Bumgarner will certainly enjoy his day in Washington after pitching into the eighth inning, helping the San Francisco Giants survive another one-run game, a 2-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday."I just go out and pitch," said the 21-year-old, who owns a World Series ring. "I just felt like I did a good job of just making pitches."Bumgarner and the Giants will be guests of President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday before beginning a series in Philadelphia the next day."It will be fun to see that place," Bumgarner said.Giants manager Bruce Bochy was slightly more effusive about the side trip."It is going to be an honor," Bochy said. "When we're there, we'll think about why we're there. We get the chance to meet the President. It's going to be a fun trip. After we see the President we'll jump on a train, like the old days, and go on to Philly."Mike Fontenot and Jeff Keppinger each drove in runs for the Giants, who have won seven of 10 games since the All-Star break. Aubrey Huff had three hits and Brandon Belt added two hits.Ryan Braun homered for the Brewers, who lost for the third time in four games. Prince Fielder and Corey Hart each had two hits."They're a scrappy bunch of guys; they battle really well," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Like their record shows, they get in tight ballgames and they seem to come out ahead."Bumgarner (6-9) won his third straight decision after allowing a run on eight hits over 7 2-3 innings. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter. Sergio Romo got one out and Brian Wilson pitched the ninth for his 31st save."He gives up the home run and then regroups," Bochy said. "It's a great sign that he didn't get flustered. That was an impressive outing."Yovani Gallardo (11-7) lasted seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out five."He threw the ball great," Roenicke said. "When you score one, you're not going to beat them. We had some guys on base, we had chances. We just need to get a couple big hits when we get those guys out there."The Giants improved to 27-13 in one-run games and recorded their major-league leading 29th comeback victory.Braun hit his fourth home run over his last five games to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead with two outs in the first. Bumgarner allowed his first home run in eight starts, and his fifth overall.Bumgarner's one-out double, which ended his 0-for-15 streak, in the third set up the tying run. He scored on Keppinger's single.Josh Wilson, sans sunglasses, lost a pop up in the sun that allowed Huff to reach base leading off the fourth. Nate Schierholtz forced him at second but Belt followed with a hit-and-run single. Fontenot followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-1."I usually don't like wearing them. It darkens the ball," Wilson said. "In hindsight, I probably should have had them on. It didn't get into the sun until late. I had it probably until it was less than 20 feet above my head and that's when it finally went in the sun."Bumgarner retired 12 of 14 batters at one point. He gave way to Sergio Romo with two outs and a runner on in the eighth.Gallardo, who threw eight shutout innings against the Giants on May 29 in Milwaukee, has not won two in a row since his six-game winning streak ended June 9. He's 3-5 over his last nine starts.NOTES: Bumgarner has walked two or fewer batters in each of his last 19 starts, the longest stretch since Juan Marichal went 21 straight over two seasons, 1970-71. ... The Brewers resigned LHP Chase Wright after releasing him 10 days ago. He's scheduled to start for the Nashville Sounds. ... Fielder was 2-for-28 before singling in his first two at bats. ... Huff recorded a three-hit game for the first time since June 12. ... The Giants' bullpen has allowed one hit over its last 13 2-3 innings.

Pau Gasol's lofty praise for Warriors: 'In all my years in the league...'

Pau Gasol's lofty praise for Warriors: 'In all my years in the league...'

The Warriors are NBA Finals bound for the third straight year.

Following their Game 4 victory over the Spurs on Monday night, Pau Gasol opened up about the Western Conference champions.

“They’re in a groove,” Gasol told Courtney Cronin of the Bay Area News Group. “They know what it takes to win and obviously they’ve been champions, they’ve established records that have never been set before and they’re on a path to get another championship.

"In all my years in the league, they’re playing at the highest level right now.”

Gasol entered the NBA as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2001 draft.

He won championships with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010.

The Warriors are the first team in NBA history to enter the Finals with a record of 12-0.

Their average margin of victory in the playoffs is 16.3 points.

Giants notes: Blach shows resiliency; another option in center?

Giants notes: Blach shows resiliency; another option in center?

CHICAGO — John Lackey's night started with a leadoff homer. Ty Blach's night started with a 13-pitch battle. Neither one is a positive for a pitcher, but Blach didn't view it that way. He actually appreciated Ben Zobrist stretching him out.

"It's good to have a battle like that and get you locked in," Blach said. "It gets you focused and you'll be like, I can execute and get guys out. It's good. It's a good battle."

There, in a nutshell, is so much of what Bruce Bochy loves about his young left-hander. The Giants have found Blach's arm and resolve to be remarkably resilient. He wasn't bothered when they moved him to the bullpen and he didn't get too high when they moved him back to the rotation. He is the same after seven shutout innings or three poor ones. Bochy smiled when asked about the Zobrist at-bat, which ended in a strikeout looking. 

"How 'bout that?" the manager said. "He won that at-bat. It seems like the advantage goes to the hitter, seeing all those pitches. He kept his focus and got a called strikeout and here he is pitching in the eighth inning."

After needing 13 pitches for one out, Blach got the next 23 on 81 pitches. Bochy thought Blach tired a bit in the eighth, but the deep effort allowed Bochy to mix and match in the bullpen, and ultimately he found the right mix. Hunter Strickland and Mark Melancon closed it out and got Blach his second win.

--- From last night, Joe Panik's huge night helped give Blach an early lead. With the help of Ron Wotus and his shift charts, he also put on a show defensively.

--- We're trying something new right after the final pitch: Here are five quick takeaways from the 6-4 win.

--- The options game sent Kelby Tomlinson back to Triple-A on Wednesday when the Giants activated Melancon, but his latest stint in Sacramento comes with a twist. Tomlinson started his third consecutive game in center field on Monday. The Giants are getting a bit more serious about their longtime plan to make Tomlinson a super-utility player. 

“Tommy is a valuable guy in the majors and if we can give him some experience in the outfield, it gives you more flexibility and versatility,” manager Bruce Bochy said. 

This is not Tomlinson’s first foray into the outfield. He did work there in the offseason after the 2015 season and he has played 25 big league innings in left field the last two seasons. This is Tomlinson’s first real experience with center field, and while in the past he has said that the transition isn’t as easy as some might think, Bochy is confident Tomlinson can figure it out. He certainly has the speed to be a semi-regular in the outfield, and the Giants aren’t exactly brimming with quality center field options behind Denard Span, who is dealing with his second injury of the season. 

“It’s a little different now,” Bochy said when asked about Tomlinson’s past experiences in the outfield. “He’s in Sacramento doing it, and knowing there’s a possibility we could need help in the outfield.”

If the switch doesn’t come in handy this season, it could in 2018. Bochy compared Tomlinson’s infield-outfield ability to Eduardo Nuñez, who has found regular playing time in left but is a free agent after the year. 

--- Hunter Pence did some light running in the outfield before Monday’s game. Bochy said Pence is still about a week away from being an option.

--- Bochy has said it a few times now when asked about the standings, so it’s officially a new motto for a team that got off to a brutal start: “We’ve put ourselves in a great situation for a great story.”

--- They're starting to get a little grumpy around here with their team hovering around .500. Perhaps the Cubs thought they could fool a few on the way out of Wrigley.