Madison Bumgarner moved one step closer to his first Opening Day start for San Francisco. The left-hander even got some work done at the plate.
Bumgarner pitched four innings of one-hit ball Sunday, and a split squad of Giants won 8-0 against a group of the organization’s top prospects.
Most of San Francisco’s primary players recorded a 3-2 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Glendale, Ariz.
The 24-year-old Bumgarner struck out five and walked two. He threw between 50 and 60 pitches and added another 10 in the bullpen after leaving the game.
He was perfectly fine with the decision to pitch him against the prospects.
“It’s something I’ve done every year. They are good players and a good group of guys,” Bumgarner said. “Things are slowly coming along for me. I’m pushing toward that last start of the spring.”
Bumgarner also had a run-scoring single to cap a five-run first inning.
He has been talking with the other pitchers in the rotation about how they can help themselves by coming up with timely hits or moving baserunners along.
“I’ve been doing all this talk about hitting. I didn’t embarrass myself too bad,” he said, laughing.
Right-hander Kyle Crick, who started for the Future Stars, had a rough outing. He recorded just two outs and was charged with five runs and one hit. He also walked four and struck out one.
Minor league outfielder Brett Krill had two hits and two RBIs for the Giants. First baseman Angel Villalona had a pair of hits for the Future Stars.
NOTES: Former Giants slugger Barry Bonds joins the team Monday for a week as a hitting instructor. The career home run leader (762) and season leader (73) also is due to meet the media. Bonds’ final contract with the Giants included a 10-year services deal following his retirement, which included spring training visits. The seven-time MVP has made limited public appearances since his final season, and has been embroiled in legal trouble.