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Madison Bumgarner shines as the Giants toss their fourth straight shutout

Jun 29, 2012, 8:21 AM EDT

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Never before in the long history of the Giants franchise had they thrown four straight shutouts, but they have now. They blanked the Reds 5-0. This after throwing three straight shutouts against the Dodgers. Their scoreless innings streak is now at 36 innings, the longest in team history.

The last time the Giants allowed a run was when Santiago Casilla gave up that walkoff homer to Derek Norris in Sunday’s game against the Athletics. Since then a string of pitchers have shut out the opposition. In order: Barry Zito, George Kontos and Shane Loux against the Dodgers on Monday, Ryan Vogelsong, Jeremy Affeldt and Casilla on Tuesday and Tim Lincecum, Javier Lopez and Sergio Romo on Wednesday.

Last night was the best performance yet. Madison Bumgarner needed just 107 pitches to shut out the Reds, allowing only one hit and two walks while striking out eight. The only hit was Ryan Hanigan‘s sixth inning single. Otherwise: bupkis.

The Giants now are in sole possession of first place in the NL West. If anyone is gonna do anything about that, they need to figure out how to score off these dudes first. For the moment: ain’t happening.

  1. joeflaccosunibrow - Jun 29, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    Bazinga!

  2. jkcalhoun - Jun 29, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    It’s the longest scoreless innings streak in San Francisco Giants history, yes, but it only ties the franchise mark of 36. The 1948 New York Giants did it over the course of 5 games July 26-30, in a streak also involving the Dodgers and Reds.

    • ajcardsfan - Jun 29, 2012 at 10:38 AM

      I’ll take your word for it being against the Dodgers and Reds in that series, too lazy to fact check

      • jkcalhoun - Jun 29, 2012 at 11:59 AM

        Dodgers, Reds, and Cubs. Here are the 1948 game results at baseball-reference.

  3. earnedrun1 - Jun 29, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    And you know, everyone on the Giants’ staff except two have pitched during the streak.

    Who’s the exception?

    Matt Cain (starting tomorrow) and Clay Hensley.

    And no one have imploded. Not Zito, not Lincecum, not Loux or Kontos. Amazing. Simply Amazing.

  4. gogigantos - Jun 29, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Bumgarner yet 22 until August 1, signed way friendly until at least 2017(good club options through 2019), a World Series win, country strong, and bought his wife a cow as a wedding gift,, oh man, how can he get better? It is Cain on the mound next to extend the roll, he of the richest(?) right handed pitcher’s contract, a very friendly six years plus 2018 option longest tenured Giant in his 7th season and 27 years old. Lincecum is right again? Volgelsong is one tough dude and a great story. Z is Z, never as good as the contract, which finishes at the end of next year, but is, well, Z.
    Man it is a good time to soak up some Giants ball.
    I may have to say something nice about Sabes and the Front Office one day.
    Sorry you live on the wrong coast Craig.
    You can catch them soon as they make a killer trip east, see how it all shakes out at the break.

    • willsolo - Jun 29, 2012 at 6:44 PM

      Madison Bumgarner’s wife is also the size of a cow…

      http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lovirwfKYs1qjk2t6o7_250.jpg

  5. eknirb - Jun 29, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Here in SF, I’ll put the top 4 of Lincecum (if his head is on right now) Cain, Bum and Vogel against anyone in the MLB.

    If we get to the playoffs…….you have been warned.

    • gogigantos - Jun 29, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      A lot to say at the end of June, but it does feel good right now for sure. A long way to winning the West. All a crap shoot after that, eh. Do like how the odds tilt to the mound in SF at that point though.

  6. APBA Guy - Jun 29, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Yeah, guys are starting to make comparisons to 2010. This current scoreless innings streak has just allowed fans to vocalize the heretofore unmentionable: this team can really pitch. And, there are 4 guys in the offense who are dangerous, just like 2010. Still, the season is only at the 50% mark. But I have to say, even for an A’s fan, Orange Fridays are getting a lot more interesting.

  7. rastaraider - Jun 29, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    This guys are just getting better as it is

  8. bigleagues - Jun 29, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Former Navigators’ !!!

    LOVE HIM.

  9. willsolo - Jun 29, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Ugh… My girlfriend just won’t stop talking about the Giants. Thanks to the Dodgers implosion I’ve heard this non-stop. And it all started when I wore my jacket to the game on Monday.

  10. Gamera the Brave - Jun 29, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Buddy of mine (normally a rabid, trash-talking Dodger fan) jumped to the Angel’s bandwagon yesterday, and today he called in sick.

    Weak Dodger sauce…

    The pitching is great this year, but we finally have a decent lineup!
    Good times, get ‘em while they’re hot!

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