San Francisco Giants: Madison Bumgarner Makes History with Homers on Opening Day

04 April, 2017, 04:15 | Author: Nora May
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With his second home run, Bumgarner stands alone as a Giant and in the major leagues.

Arizona got a double and three singles after Melancon (0-1) retired his first two batters in the ninth. The busy offseason included a front-office shakeup with new manager Torey Lovullo taking control of a team that could surprise if starting pitchers Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller return to past form and center fielder A.J. Pollock stays healthy after being limited to 12 games last season due to a fractured elbow.

Bumgarner also started off last season with a home run during the first week of play. Arizona Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed connects for a run-scoring single against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of an Opening Day baseball game Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Phoenix.

Bumgarner has 16 career homers, three in 2016 and five the year before.

Owings also thinks that not just any team would be able to overcome the dominant performance put on by Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who had a flawless game entering the sixth and ended up striking out 11 and hitting two home runs in seven innings.

SAN FRANCISCO KEY TRENDS: The Giants are 4-0 in their last four games against divisional opponents, are 4-1 in their last five games when they play the opener of a series, and are 4-0 in Bumgarner's last four starts.

But that doesn't mean we can't appreciate what San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner did Sunday.

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Bumgarner struck out 11 with no walks in seven innings.

After Bumgarner homered in the fifth, the Giants took a 3-0 lead when Brandon Crawford doubled and scored on Nunez's single in the sixth inning.

"We never expect anything negative to happen with Mark out there", Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Tanaka, who tied Hideo Nomo for the most opening day starts by a Japanese-born pitcher, had a seven-game winning streak stopped. Only one has tossed a no-hitter, Hall of Famer Bob Feller for Cleveland in 1940.

Longoria connected for his fourth homer on opening day. Both moves were retroactive to May 30. Lovullo said Barrett was making good progress and would throw a bullpen Sunday. The four-time All-Star pronounced himself ready for another strong campaign after posting a 2.52 ERA in seven spring training starts.

OUR PICK: The Giants are a flawless 8- in Bumgarner's last eight road starts versus the Diamondbacks and have won 13 of their last 16 games overall versus Arizona.

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