Tough to lose your spiritual leader…
San Francisco’s emotional as well as statistical leader is sidelined till August. But will he be the same when he gets back in the lineup?
Unless they can steal one on Sunday Night Baseball, the Giants are in danger of finishing a six-game East Coast swing winless; losing three close games in Miami before wilting in the crushing humidity of the nation’s capital and dropping a pair to the first-place Nationals.
Giants ace Madison Bumgarner didn’t pack his cape in the carry-on and spotted the Nats a three-run lead after throwing only five pitches during an early Independence Day (11 a.m. EST) start—including the biggest explosion of the day: a 420-foot mistake to Bryce Harper for the sluggers’ 25th home run.
Bumgarner went on to allow six runs in five innings, his worst start since, well, the Fourth of July 2012 —where he allowed seven.
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