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A pair of aces squared off Tuesday night in Los Angeles as Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke and San Francisco Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner were pitted against one another. As expected, runs were at a premium with both starters meeting expectations.

Greinke was slightly better than his counterpart and because of that, the Dodgers were able to come away with a crucial 2-1 victory giving them a 5.5-game lead over the rival Giants in the National League West.

After coming up short and suffering a tough-luck loss, Bumgarner had high praise for Greinke, according to to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register:

Doling out a compliment, particularly to a Dodger, is uncommon for Bumgarner. He took exception to Alex Guerrero getting frustrated after flying out and yelled in his direction, and benches cleared after Bumgarner hit Yasiel Puig with a pitch in 2014.

It’s hard not to praise Greinke though, who pitched 7.1 innings while allowing just one run and striking out five. On the season he is now 15-3 with a 1.59 ERA, 2.61 FIP and 0.85 WHIP in 27 starts. With the win Greinke improved to 7-0 with a 2.15 ERA over nine career starts against the Giants.

Bumgarner, who was the 2014 World Series MVP and essentially unhittable throughout last year’s postseason, is having a strong season as well. He threw seven innings on Tuesday, giving up two runs on eight hits while striking out eight. He’s 16-7 with a 2.96 ERA and has 200 strikeouts on the season; the loss snapped his streak of five consecutive wins.

The big blow against Bumgarner came off the bat of rookie Joc Pederson, who hit a solo home run to center in the seventh inning. Coming off a frustrating month of August, Pederson let out a yell as he raced around the bases. Though his emotional outburst didn’t draw a response out of Bumgarner.

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About The Author

Daniel Starkand is a senior at Chapman University majoring in journalism and minoring in broadcast journalism. He grew up in Burbank, CA. He played baseball at Burbank High and his first year at Chapman. He also writes for The Panther newspaper.

3 Responses

  1. Geoffrey Madison

    Madbum is the third best pitcher
    in MLB. Kudos to him for demonstrating respect and sportmanship to one of his peers!!

    Reply
    • Joel Rosenthal

      3rd best regular season pitcher. Best post season pitcher.

      Reply
      • Geoffrey Madison

        Joel,
        Without hesitation, u r absolutely correct!!!!

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