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Trying to pull Madison Bumgarner from a close ballgame is never easy, especially when he’s chewing up opposing batters like he was Thursday night.
You might as well try to convince him that the Chevy Sierra is a better truck than the Ford F150.
Bruce Bochy yanked the Giants ace after nine innings and 94 pitches in San Francisco’s thrilling 16-inning win against the Mets. This did not please the Big Fella.
“He lobbied, trust me,” Bochy said. “He’s still mad at me for not letting him go out there in the 10th. But he did his job.”
Bumgarner admitted being miffed when he was pulled.
“Yeah, how many times do you get a chance to go out in the 10th?” he said afterwards.
— KNBR (@KNBR) July 19, 2019
At 94 pitches, most pitchers are just about out of gas, but Bumgarner is not most pitchers. Before a game in April, when the Giants were looking to rest spent relievers, he told Bochy he was good for 140 pitches.
Thursday night’s performance, in which he allowed only one run, six hits and a solo walk, was perhaps Bumgarner’s best of the season. It was vintage Bumgarner, on par with his brilliance in the 2014 postseason.
But all it earned him was a no-decision. And maybe an uptick in his trade value.
Scouts for contending teams surely took notice that MadBum still has plenty to offer a club for a postseason run.
Mike Moffitt is an SFGATE Digital Reporter. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @Mike_at_SFGate.
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