SAN DIEGO -- Madison Bumgarner immediately reacclimated himself to the task of pitching, recording a quality start Saturday night against the San Diego Padres in his comeback outing, an eventual 5-3 Giants loss.
After striking out the side in the first inning, Bumgarner was less spectacular but still efficient. He worked seven innings, allowing three runs and four hits. He also walked two and struck out five before leaving the game with the score tied, 3-3.
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Bumgarner's only struggle was avoiding the long ball. He retired the first seven batters he faced before Matt Szczur homered in the third inning. One inning later, Jabari Blash belted a two-run homer.
Making his first appearance since April 19, one day before he sustained multiple injuries in a dirt-bike accident that sidelined him, Bumgarner needed 20 pitches to set down the Padres in the first.
Leadoff batter Manuel Margot fouled off three 3-2 pitches, then checked his swing on an 80 mph curveball. First-base umpire Tom Woodring ruled Margot went through just enough for strike three.
Bumgarner then displayed his renowned cut fastball, using it to slip called third strikes past Carlos Asuaje and Wil Myers.
Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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