For Pete's Sake

Billy Butler notes the irony after Madison Bumgarner is roughed up in spring debut

San Francisco pitcher Madison Bumgarner walked off the mound after being taken out by manager Bruce Bochy during the second inning of a spring-training game against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday in Mesa, Ariz.
San Francisco pitcher Madison Bumgarner walked off the mound after being taken out by manager Bruce Bochy during the second inning of a spring-training game against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday in Mesa, Ariz. The Associated Press

A disclaimer, if one is even needed: Spring training stats mean absolutely zilch.

Still ...

On Tuesday, San Francisco pitcher Madison Bumgarner (you remember him, right?) was torched by the A’s to the tune of five hits and four runs in 1 2/3 innings in the Giants’ 9-4 loss to the A’s.

It was 2-0 after the first two batters Bumgarner faced, and well, Royals fans would have loved to see their team get two runs off Bumgarner in game seven of the World Series last October.

Poppycock, you say?

Even Billy Butler was thinking it.

“Can you believe it?” Butler, who is now with Oakland, told USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. “I’m sitting there thinking, when (Marcus) Semien hit that homer, that’s all we needed last year. Or when I got my sac fly, all we needed was just that one run. We would have knocked him out of that game seven. Just one run.

“Figures, right.”

Instead, Bumgarner pitched five innings of scorless relief on two days of rest and, yeah, you know the story.

Butler wasn’t alone in noting what might have been.

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