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Luke Weaver out-duels Madison Bumgarner 9.3.17

Cardinals take 3 of 4 against the Giants on the back of their red-hot rookie.

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1st Inning

As is typically the case in games against Madison Bumgarner, this one started out to a frustrating tune. Bader struck out on 4 pitches. Pham gave a first-pitch fastball a ride to deep CF, but Gorkys Hernandez climbed the wall and pulled back the would-be HR. DeJong followed that up by popping out to SS on the first pitch. That was good for a 6-pitch inning.

As an encore to his wonderful catch, Hernandez worked a lead off walk against Luke Weaver. Then, after Panik flew out to LCF, Posey worked a walk. But Weaver collected himself and struck out Crawford & Sandoval. Weaver threw a high-contrast 18 pitches.

2nd Inning

Bumgarner picked up where he left off. Jose Martinez popped out into foul territory on a 3-0 count, Molina flined out to 2B, and Piscotty grounded out to 2B. Bumgarner was at 19 pitches.

Weaver coaxed a pair of ground outs from Pence and Jones before Mac Williamson knocked a double into the RF corner. But Weaver stranded him with a strike out of his hard-swinging counterpart. He was at 34 pitches.

3rd Inning

Bumgarner completed his perfect first turn through the lineup by getting Wong to fly out to short LCF, then striking out the overmatched Mejia & Weaver. He’d thrown just 28 pitches.

The Giants broke through in the 3rd. After Hernandez flew out to RF, Panik laced a double into RCF. Posey brought him home with a single to CF. But Weaver escaped further damage by inducing a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Crawford. Weaver was at 49 pitches. 1-0 Giants.

4th Inning

Bader rocked a hard ground ball to 3B to start the 4th, but Sandoval made a fantastic play to corral the ball and turn it into an out. Pham followed with a second, long fly ball to CF, but this one died at the warning track to spare us all a little more heartbreak. But just when it was looking like the Cardinals would never break through against Bumgarner, Paul DeJong and Jose Martinez crushed back-to-back solo HRs to LF to give the Cardinals the lead. Bumgarner retired Molina on a line out to 2B with his 44th pitch. 2-1 Cardinals.

Weaver graciously accepted the offensive support and returned the favor with a shutdown inning. He retired Sandoval on a come-backer with an incredible, off-balance throw, the struck out Pence and Jones. He was at 59 pitches.

5th Inning

Bumgarner settled back in for the 5th. He got Piscotty to ground out to SS, Wong to ground out to 1B, and Mejia to ground out to SS. He was at 56 pitches.

After Williamson because Weaver’s 6th strike out victim, Bumgarner parked a middle-in fastball into the tunnel down the LF line. Weaver settled back down and retired Hernandez on a ground out to 2B, and Panik on flare to short RF. Luke was at 74 pitches. 2-2 Tie game.

6th Inning

The Cardinals would get that one back, and then some. After Weaver struck out on 3 pitches, Harrison Bader launched his second home run in three days into the seats in LF. Pham then worked a walk and, after DeJong struck out, Jose Martinez socked a double past a sprawling Williamson in LF to score him. Molina followed, after being knocked down by a pitch at his ankles, by smacking a double of his own into the LF corner to further pad the lead. Bumgarner was suddenly at 83 pitches after retiring Wong to end the rally, and his afternoon was over. 5-2 Cardinals.

Weaver shut the middle of the Giants’ order down after being granted another lead. He retired all 3 of them on ground outs: Posey to 3B, Crawford to 1B, and Sandoval on a come-backer. He was now at 88 pitches.

7th Inning

Kyle Crick relieved Bumgarner, but immediately walked Alex Mejia. After an awry pick-off throw and Weaver sac bunt put the Cardinal third baseman on 3B, Bader knobbed an RBI single through the right side of the infield. Then, after Pham walked and DeJong grounded into a 6-4 FC, Martinez ripped an RBI ground-rule double into Triples Alley in RCF. After Molina battled back from 0-2 to work a walk, Bochy had seen enough and brought in Josh Osich to face Piscotty, who wound up getting robbed by Hernandez on a long fly ball into the aforementioned Triples Alley. 7-2 Cardinals.

Weaver ended his afternoon on a high note, striking out the side. He caught Pence looking at a low-and-in fastball, fooled Jones with at low change-up, and got Williamson hacking at an elevated fastball.

8th Inning

Matt Moore relieved Osich. He would get Wong to ground out on a come-backer, Mejia to strike out swinging and, after Voit beat out an infield single, Bader to ground into a fielder’s choice.

Sandy Alcantara made his major league debut in the 8th. Pinch hitter Tim Federowicz greeted him by launching his third pitch into the seats in LF. He would proceed to get Hernandez to pop out into foul territory, walk Panik, and strike out Posey before Crawford singled to RF and knocked him from the game. Zack Duke relieved and struck out Nick Hundley to escape the jam. 7-3 Cardinals.

9th Inning

Moore remained in to pitch the 9th. He had no trouble dispatching Pham on a ground out to SS, DeJong on a fly out to CF, and Martinez on a line out to 2B.

John Brebbia entered to close it out. He quickly struck out Pence swinging and Moncrief looking, and after Williamson doubled down the left field line got Federowicz looking as well. Cardinals win 7-3.

Final Lines

Luke Weaver: 7IP, 2ER, 4H, 1HR, 9K, 2BB, 67GSc

Madison Bumgarner: 6IP, 5ER, 5H, 3HR, 5K, 2BB, 34GSc


  • Jose Martinez’s 7th inning double off Kyle Crick was just the 4th extra base hit the Giants’ RHP had allowed to a fellow righty all season, in 64 PAs.
  • Luke Weaver’s 10K streak came to an end in arguably his second-best start of his career, after gem in San Diego 10 days ago.
  • Giants fans made even more spectacular catches in the stands today than Gorkys Hernandez did in CF. Meanwhile, a Cardinal fan missed a foul pop and spilled a beer.
  • Madison Bumgarner hasn’t allowed 5 runs in a start against the Cardinals since 6/1/13, a game which the Cardinals won 7-1 on the back of a CG, 10K performance by Wainwright and a 2-4, 2 RBI game from former-Giant Carlos Beltran.