BY RICK PORCARO
The Giants rode the strong pitching of Madison Bumgarner and another home run from Kevin Pillar to bounce back quickly from last nights 18 inning marathon, defeating the Colorado Rockies again by a score of 5 -2 Saturday afternoon.
Returning to Oracle Park seemingly just hours after the conclusion of a game that didn’t end until close to 1AM, San Francisco showed no signs of fatigue on a warm spring day as Bumgarner shut out the Rockies into the sixth inning before showing any signs of wear to assure the Giants of winning their first series of the year.
For the day, Bumgarner (1-2, 3.12) allowed two runs on six hits, pitching into the eighth inning, while striking out seven to earn his first win of the year. Showing signs of returning to the form that made him one of the most feared pitchers in the game, his effort came at a perfect time considering the 13 innings the Giants bullpen was forced to throw the night before.
Kevin Pillar provided an offensive spark once again for San Francisco, driving in Gerardo Parra on a sacrifice fly in the third and homering to left center field in the third. In his first 11 games with the Giants after being acquired from Toronto, Pillar already has four home runs and 12 RBI’s.
Parra and Steven Duggar added RBI’s in the eighth for the final margin as Colorado ace Kyle Freeland fell to 1-3 on the young season.
The four-game series concludes Sunday afternoon with the Giants looking for a sweep as German Márquez (1-1, 3.00) faces Derek Holland (1-1, 3.38) in the finale.