The confrontation started when Bumgarner fielded a ground ball by the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig and fired to first for the third out of the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 2-1 win.
The benches cleared on Monday night when in-state rivals San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers faced each other with both their aces on their mounds, Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw. However, there’s a bigger rivalry that could top the Giants-Dodgers: Madison Bumgarner vs. Yasiel Puig.
Bumgarner was cruising – holding L.A.to one hit and no runs over 6 2/3 innings – when he was tasked with making a fielding play.
Since any little flame is a 4-alarm job when fanned by the San Francisco bullpen, the Dodgers pushed their National League West lead to six games with a 2-1 victory, and nudged the Giants one toe closer to the cliff.
Puig said he wasn’t sure whether Bumgarner had something personal against him. “We had a talk”, he said, “and I’ll leave it at that”, which indicated he might have taken him out for blood-pressure reasons.
Bumgarner didn’t do that last night, for reasons that remain unclear, and he left it up to the Giants’ bullpen, which was not equipped to handle this and hasn’t been equipped for most of the season.
The game itself was also classic Dodgers-Giants.
“There’s a history there between those two”, Turner said of Puig and Bumgarner.
“I don’t think they’re going to be going out to dinner anytime soon”, said Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy, when it was over. Instead, he was done and the bullpen blew the game in the ninth. Sep.
Said Gonzalez, “if everybody just minds their own business and goes to the dugout and comes out, nothing happens”.
“Those last three outs, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen such a tough time getting them”, Bochy said. Kershaw dived and tried to backhand the ball, but it got by him and Chase Utley’s throw pulled Gonzalez off first base as Nunez slid headfirst into the bag. Cueto (16-5, 2.86 ERA) pitched a five-hitter and retired his final 17 batters last Thursday in a clutch performance against St. Louis.
Kershaw gave up an unearned run and three hits over six innings in his third start since returning from a back injury.
After Toles’ hit, Corey Seager singled past diving second baseman Joe Panik on a two-strike pitch from Javier Lopez (1-3), allowing the speedy Toles to reach third.
Bumgarner allowed one hit over seven scoreless innings.
Kiké Hernandez is a baseball player who plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
It seemed to be a personal grievance, a pitcher who has carried the Giants through so much so often just picking the absolute wrong time to lose his mind.