Madison Bumgarner was tagged for six runs in five innings and Jose Abreu homered twice to cap off a brilliant series as the Chicago White Sox took the rubber match from the San Francisco Giants, 8-1.
Bumgarner didn’t struggle with home runs, which had been a problem in most of his other starts, but just about everything else went wrong for the left-hander on Sunday. Jose Abreu’s second-inning blast was the only ball to clear the fences against Bumgarner at hitter-friendly Guaranteed Rate Field, but the White Sox collected ten hits in five innings against the Giants’ ace, including three doubles. Bumgarner struck out just four against a Chicago team that entered the day tied for the fewest runs scored in the American League.
Abreu, who hit for the cycle in Saturday’s game, hit his second homer of the game and third of the series in the seventh inning off of Albert Suarez, who allowed two runs in two innings.
Jarrett Parker’s solo shot in the top of the second gave the visitors a brief 1-0 lead, but the San Francisco offense mustered little else against Carson Fulmer, who lived up to his billing as one of Chicago’s top prospects on Sunday. Fulmer, who was drafted eighth overall in 2015 out of Vanderbilt, allowed just three hits and three walks over six innings while striking out nine.
Saturday and Sunday provided a glimpse of the bright future for the White Sox. While Abreu, one of their few veterans, led the charge, Fulmer and plenty of other bright young pieces put up excellent performances. The Giants, on the other hand, are faced with the dilemma of whether they should try to quickly reload with their current core or go into a rebuilding process like the White Sox have. If they want young, cost-controlled pieces with potential like Fulmer, rather than trying to quickly contend, they’ll need to take the White Sox route.