LOS ANGELES — Still just 23 years old, Madison Bumgarner already is a two-time World Series champion. If he keeps pitching as he did Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, Bumgarner could soon add a few individual accolades to the resume.
Coming off a strong spring, Bumgarner was brilliant through eight innings of a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, giving up just two hits. After a second-inning double by Andre Ethier, Bumgarner retired 18 straight Dodgers. Five of the outs came on strikeouts, and Bumgarner took advantage of the cool, still night, repeatedly getting the Dodgers to fly out meekly. A.J. Ellis broke the streak with a two-out double to right in the eighth, but Bumgarner came right back, freezing pinch hitter Nick Punto with a two-strike fastball on the outside corner.
Like fellow left-hander Clayton Kershaw a day before, Bumgarner was in the middle of the game's big scoring outburst, too.
The Giants had taken an early lead when Joaquin Arias followed fourth-inning singles by Buster Posey and Hunter Pence with one of his own. With Arias on third and Andres Torres on second in the seventh inning, Bumgarner hit a one-out chopper to short. Justin Sellers, starting because All-Star Hanley Ramirez is on the disbled list, threw home but was wide. Arias scored on the throw and Torres made it 3-0 when he raced home after seeing that right-hander Ronald Belisario wasn't covering home on the play.
Bumgarner was lifted after 101 pitches, 76 of which were strikes. Both games of this season-opening series have been shutouts. Sergio Romo clinched the Giants' gem with a perfect ninth.