The San Francisco Giants scored some honest to God runs for Madison Bumgarner today, ensuring him a rare win, and the Giants fandom could not be more shocked. “What’s this?” we said. “Runs scored by the Giants? In double digits no less? For Bumgarner? Is this real life?” It was. The runs were real, the victory was bona fide and the snotrockets were authentic (if sparse).
Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Sunday, July 8, 2018 at home vs. the St. Louis Cardinals (Giants won 13 – 8):
- W, 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 2 SNR (snotrockets): 0 vs. L, 2 vs. R, 0 other.
- Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific innings were the 1st and 3rd in which he blew 1 snotrocket per inning.
- Madison Bumgarner now with 34 snotrockets in the 2018 season.
So as I mentioned there weren’t very many snotrockets blown in today’s game but that didn’t stop snotrocket screencapper @SanDiegoGiants from capturing one of them plus other assorted Bumgarner goodies. Snotrocket from the third inning was a special one honoring a guest that was in the Giants TV booth:
I got the only other snotrocket in today’s game, blown in the 1st inning, but it wasn’t a very good one as it was taken from the behind the home plate umpire’s butt. Nevertheless here it is, for posterity:
Bumgarner had some difficulties pitching in today’s game and wasn’t shy about expressing his frustration, with both himself and the home plate umpire. In the top of the 4th inning he gave up some runs to the Cardinals and was most displeased with himself:
I have never seen Bumgarner that angry at himself or anyone before (well, maybe Yasiel Puig). As I mentioned in the above tweet a still image really does not do it justice. You had to see it in motion to appreciate the full on Bumgarner Rage. Thankfully @SanDiegoGiants had his gif machine chugging away and captured the moment in all its furious glory:
In the next inning Bumgarner was upset again, this time apparently showing some frustration with the home plate umpire’s calls:
Mad, raging and frustrated Bum is entertaining Bum and I really wanted to see Bumgarner’s reaction when Giants manager Bruce Bochy walked out to the mound in the 6th inning to pull him from the game. Unfortunately the camera crew that covers the Giants games had other ideas:
Madison Bumgarner’s next start should be this Saturday, July 14, 2017 at home vs. the Oakland Athletics. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting snotrocket action.