The Giants farm system may have provided another rookie capable of helping with a push to the postseason.
Second baseman Kelby Tomlinson had two hits and drove in three runs in his first career start and Madison Bumgarner handled the rest as the Giants won 6-1, taking a series in Atlanta. The Giants scored 22 runs in the three-game series and got back to even on this difficult 10-game road trip.
The Kelby Tomlinson Show started in the second inning, when he poked a single to right to score two runs. Tomlinson and Ehire Adrianza started in the middle of the infield with Joe Panik on the DL and Brandon Crawford getting a rest day, and the two teamed up for another run in the fourth inning. Adrianza doubled with one out and Tomlinson singled, picking up his third hit in three career at-bats.
The lineup scored eight runs in each of the first two games of this series and once again pulled away late. Matt Duffy’s two-run double was the big knock in a three-run seventh and gave Duffy 51 RBI for the season. Duffy and Chicago’s Kris Bryant are the only MLB rookies with 50+ RBI.
Starting pitching report: Bumgarner was charged with one run on seven hits and no walks. He struck out nine in 7 1/3 innings. The big lefty is on pace for 220 1/3 innings, which would be a career-high.
Bullpen report: Hunter Strickland, born in nearby Thomaston, Georgia, got a strikeout and groundout to strand one of Bumgarner’s runners in the eighth.
At the plate: Adrianza had a second straight two-hit night despite getting DFA’d by Giants Twitter over the weekend.
In the field: Jace Peterson tried to test Tomlinson with a bunt behind the mound, but the speedster got a great jump and easily got Peterson out at first.
Up next: A big series with the Cubs, who are neck and neck with the Giants in the Wild Card race. The Giants will start everyone but Bumgarner, and they’ll face Jason Hammel, Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jake Arrieta.