SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Following up Matt Cain's five shutout innings a day earlier, Madison Bumgarner was nearly as good Saturday, pitching five strong innings of his own as the Giants lost 7-6 to the Cincinnati Reds in a split-squad game for both clubs.
Bumgarner, who is projected to follow Cain in the season-opening series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, allowed just two hits, a walk and a run and struck out two in his fifth spring start.
The left-hander, 23, has been sharp from the outset of Cactus League play. Bumgarner lowered his ERA to 1.84 and has not allowed a home run in 14&#65279; 2/3 innings.
"I felt like it was pretty similar (to his last start), but everything felt more in rhythm," Bumgarner said. "Last time I felt like my timing was a little bit out of whack, but I felt good today."
Said manager Bruce Bochy: "It was a good outing for him. This is about the time when these guys start picking it up. He and Matt have back-to-back days where they've been hitting their spots, their secondary pitches have been good. Madison's getting close."