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Madison Bumgarner has words for Yasiel Puig after home run, bat flip (Video)

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San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner took exception to the way Yasiel Puig celebrated a home run on Friday night and let the Dodgers outfielder know about it.

Puig broke up Bumgarner’s shutout with a solo shot in the sixth. He did a little bat flip after hitting the homer, put his head down, and then began his trot around the bases. As he rounded third and made his way home, Bumgarner approached him to say something. Puig put his hands out and yelled back, and homeplate umpire Will Little broke it up.

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Shortly thereafter, Don Mattingly was ejected for arguing balls and strikes.

We obviously don’t know what MadBum said to Puig, but I don’t think Puig did anything too disrespectful or out of the ordinary. I mean that bat flip was tame by his standards. That one was more of a MadBum issue than a Puig issue. Pitchers can get sensitive after someone takes them deep.

Madison Bumgarner hits go-ahead grand slam (Video)

Madison-Bumgarner-grand-slamPitchers very rarely hit home runs in Major League Baseball. It happens, but it is almost always a huge deal when it does. On Friday night, San Francisco Giants starter Madison Bumgarner belted a grand slam that turned out to be the game-winner.

Bumgarner, a career .145 hitter, finished the game with five RBI. He drove in four runs all of last year. The 24-year-old got the Giants on the board with a sacrifice fly in the third inning and blasted a 415-foot grand slam to left field in the fourth that put San Francisco on top for good.

Oh, and he also threw six innings of four-run ball that were good enough to pick up a victory. Overall, not a bad night.

Madison Bumgarner Comes Up Huge for Giants in Game 4

When it came to experience, Game 4 between the Giants and Braves in the NLDS was a mismatch. Derek Lowe was making his 8th playoff appearance and had thrown over 80 career postseason innings, including a strong start in Game 1. Madison Bumgarner is a 21-year-old rookie who got called up late in June by the Giants after making only 18 starts this season. Yet the youngster hung tough with the veteran in a huge playoff game.

Lowe actually took a no-hitter into the 6th inning and left with the lead despite dropping f-bombs on his way out. After the bullpen surrendered the next two runs giving the Giants the lead, Bumgarner was in position to get the win because he was the pitcher of record. The Giants’ bullpen closed it out over the final three innings giving the rookie the victory, but he did plenty to earn it.

Bumgarner was facing a good lineup and only gave up one extra base hit the entire game, a Brian McCann tie-breaking home run in the 6th. His final line was two runs and six hits over six innings with only one walk and five strikeouts.

To give you an idea of how impressive his performance was, at 21 years and 71 days old, Bumgarner was the youngest pitcher to start a postseason game since Bret Saberhagen in 1984. The rookie definitely earned himself a spot in the NLCS rotation with that start, and he and Jonathan Sanchez are proving San Francisco is much more than just Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain. Additionally, anyone who argued the Giants made the wrong move leaving the veteran Barry Zito off the NLDS roster was proven wrong, at least for now. Rookies often make a name for themselves in the postseason, and Madison Bumgarner is doing just that.

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