Madison Bumgarner didn’t have his best stuff last time out, but
the San Francisco Giants scored enough runs for him to come away
with the win.
The left-hander can’t count on that happening in Tuesday night’s
series opener against the visiting Houston Astros considering the
way the Giants have struggled at the plate.
Looking to win a second straight start after going 0-3 with a
4.33 ERA in his previous four, Bumgarner (7-4, 3.26 ERA) came out
on top in Wednesday’s 6-5 win in San Diego.
“I didn’t throw very well,” Bumgarner said after walking a
career high-tying four in six innings. “Defense picked me up and
offense picked me up, too.”
Bumgarner is 4-1 with a 2.50 ERA in five home starts, but the
Giants (34-27) open this series after batting .188 and scoring five
runs while dropping two of three to AL West-leading Texas over the
Both losses were by 5-0 margins after the Giants, who have won
10 of 14, had not been shut out all season heading into the
The Astros (26-34) are among the worst road teams in the majors
at 8-20, but they scored 20 runs over the weekend while taking two
of three from the Chicago White Sox to begin their nine-game
“It was huge to be able to put up that many home runs (a
season-high four) and get our first road (series) win,” said
manager Brad Mills, whose team won 11-9 on Sunday to improve to 4-3
since a season-high eight-game skid.
Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie will look to keep his hot streak
going after hitting three of his team-leading 12 homers in the last
So will first baseman Brett Wallace, who is batting .400 (10 for
25) with two homers and four RBIs while hitting safely in all seven
games since getting called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City on June
Tuesday’s scheduled starter Bud Norris (5-3, 4.65) will get his
second look at San Francisco after going seven strong innings in a
4-3, 11-inning road win Aug. 28.
Houston has lost Norris’ last three starts after he struck out a
season-high 12 and surrendered four runs in Wednesday’s 4-3 defeat
to St. Louis.
The right-hander is 0-2 with an 11.68 ERA in his last three
outings after posting a 0.35 ERA while winning his previous
Norris will face a San Francisco team that’s gone 16 consecutive
home games without a home run. It’s the longest such streak in the
majors since the 1990 Astros’ 16-game stretch.
Buster Posey, the Giants’ leader with seven homers and 33 RBIs,
has gone 73 at-bats at AT&T Park without a home run.
Left fielder Melky Cabrera could return to San Francisco’s
lineup after missing the last three games with a strained right
Astros center fielder Jordan Schafer might play Tuesday after
missing the last two games with an illness. Mills said Schafer also
had pink eye.
Houston has lost 22 of its last 32 visits to San Francisco.