The San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets game finished before any other on Sunday afternoon. And that was mostly due to the performance from Giants' starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner.
Bumgarner completed a nine-inning, two-hit shutout of the New York Mets on Sunday afternoon to lead his team to a 2-0 victory. The shutout was Bumgarner's second career, the first being a one-hit blanking of the Cincinnati Reds in 2012.
No time wasted
The lefty sidewinder didn't waste any time. He needed just 94 pitches to finish the nine innings. It was the first complete game shutout on less than 100 pitches by a Giants starter since Yusmiero Petit in September of last year. Petit shut down the Arizona Diamondbacks with just 95 pitches.
Bumgarner improved his record to 13-8 on the year and certainly helped out his strikeout and walk numbers. He fanned 10 Mets and walked only one. David Wright and Wilmer Flores were the only two New York batters to record a hit in the game. Flores' knock was a double, which was the only extra-base hit for the Metropolitans on the day. Curtis Granderson was the only other batter to reach base when he walked.
The Giants provided their starter with all the run support he would need, and more. San Francisco had no trouble getting to Bartolo Colon. And touched the 41-year-old for six runs in 4.2 innings. Colon allowed eight hits and did strike out five.
Hunter Pence and Buster Posey starred for the winning side. The duo combined to go 7-for-10 with seven RBI's. They also scored five runs and both homered. Pence's blast came first, in the third inning, when he lifted a two-run home run. Posey's dinger was also the two-run variety, but came later in the game off of reliever Carlos Torres. Posey's home run made it 8-0 and put the game far out of reach for a New York comeback.
The outing for Bumgarner was encouraging after a lackluster start his last time out against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bumgarner allowed five runs in just four innings of work against the Bucs.
The win gives the Giants a 2-1 series lead and brings them within three games of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West. Meanwhile, the Mets continue to fall in the NL East. But the two teams will play one more game tomorrow before the Giants leave town. First pitch will be a 12:10 PM on the East.