With the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants meeting for the fifth time in eight days, Tuesday night was another look at Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw going toe-to-toe. It was the second time the left-handers were pitted against one another, though neither earned a decision the first time around.
Kershaw threw seven innings Tuesday for the first time this season, allowing two runs on seven hits and Bumgarner went eight innings, holding the Dodgers to one run on five hits. Kershaw said after the loss he was simply outpitched by Bumgarner.
While much of focus was on the rematch between the reigning MVP and All-Star MVP, there was an interesting development between Bumgarner and Alex Guerrero in the seventh inning. With the Dodgers trailing 2-1 and Guerrero leading off, he worked a full count before flying out to right field.
Guerrero spun out of the batter’s box and tossed his bat toward the Dodgers dugout, seemingly upset he missed a pitch that had been left over the plate. His reaction didn’t sit well with Bumgarner, who remained fixed on Guerrero and yelled in his direction as he made his way back to the dugout.
Bumgarner appeared to tell Guerrero, “You’re not that [expletive] good, man. You’re not that [expletive] good.” Guerrero, who hit a pinch-hit home run off Bumgarner on April 22, offered no reaction to the comments.
This of course isn’t the first time Bumgarner has had some sort of altercation with a Dodgers player. Last season, he and Yasiel Puig twice exchanged words with the second instance more serious than the first as benches cleared and both players had to be restrained and separated by teammates and umpires.
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