Madison Bumgarner wasted no time adding to his legacy on Opening Day. He retired the first 15 Diamondbacks hitters, enough to make one Google the existence of a season-opening perfect game. He also blasted two no-doubt home runs himself.
For a time it looked like the quintessential Bumgarner game — dominating in all facets of the game like a oversized kid from a rival Little League. But, as with many folktales, the truth was somewhat more complicated than the obvious narrative. Bumgarner surrendered three runs in the sixth. The Giants retooled bullpen surrendered leads in the eighth and ninth innings, falling victim to the same problems that haunted them last year.
The solo blasts were the 15th and 16th of Bumgarner’s career.